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The European Study of Carbon in Oceans, Atmosphere and Biosphere (ESCOBA) represents an interdisciplinary initiative directed at the study of the global carbon cycle and its perturbation by man and climate. ESCOBA unites research teams of 22 European scientific institutions working on all aspects in carbon cycle research by means of global observations, process studies and comprehensive modeling. The scientific results obtained within ESCOBA constitute important input to the reports of the Intergovernmental panel on climate change and to national global change assessments. Substantial financial support for ESCOBA is provided by the Commission of the European Union within its fourth framework program.

The present synopsis report attempts to provide a broad perspective. It contains an outline of our basic understanding of the dynamics of the global carbon cycle and highlights critical gaps which require focused attention in the years to come. Much of the material presented draws from results if individual ESCOBA projects, however the present report is not intended to exhaustively cover all research activities within ESCOBA. A more comprehensive listing of ESCOBA research may be found in the annual scientific reports to the EU and the publications by the ESCOBA participants in the scientific literature. .

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Authors: HEIMANN M, Environment Institute, Ispra (IT);CIAIS P, Environment Institute, Ispra (IT);DEDIEU G (EDITORS), Environment Institute, Ispra (IT)
Bibliographic Reference: EUR 16989 EN, (1999) 24pp.
Availability: Available from OOPEC Sales agents
ISBN: ISBN 92-828-5070-6
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