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Integrated assessment of the European and North Atlantic Carbon Balance - Key results, policy implications for post 2012 and research needs

Funded under: FP6-SUSTDEV

Abstract

The carbon cycle is one of the fundamental processes in the functioning of earth system and is directly connected to climate change. Rising atmospheric concentrations of C02 and other greenhouse gases over the past 200 years have driven substantially global warming, which in turn could trigger the release to the atmosphere of additional carbon from the oceans and the terrestrial ecosystems, thus accelerating climate change. The interactions and feedback mechanisms between the climate-earth system and the carbon cycle constitute one of the key scientific challenges today. The current publication provides a comprehensive assessment of the European and North Atlantic carbon balance based on integrated research actions under the 6th Framework Programme for Research. By presenting key scientific findings, their implication for policy and future research needs, the present report provides a framework for future strategies in the field of carbon cycle research and for further discussions on this highly relevant but also complex issue, involving scientists, policy makers, and research agencies.

Additional information

Authors: SCHULZE E-D, Max-Planck Institute for Biogeochemistry, Jena (DE);HEINZE CH, University of Bergen, Geophysical Institute & Bjerknes Centre for Climate Research, Bergen (NO);VOLBERS A, University of Bergen, Geophysical Institute & Bjerknes Centre for Climate Research, Bergen (NO);GASH J, Centre for Ecology & Hydrology, Wallingford (UK);FREIBAUER A, Institute of Agricultural Climate Research, Federal Research Institute for Rural Areas, Forestry and Fisheries, Braunschweig (DE);KENTARCHOS A, European Commission, DG Research, Brussels (BE)
Bibliographic Reference: Luxembourg, Office for Official Publications of the European Communities, 2009. 141 pp, free of charge
Availability: Katalogue Number: KI-81-08-477-EN-C The paper version can be ordered online and the PDF version downloaded at: http://bookshop.europa.eu
ISBN: ISBN: 978-92-79-07970-2
Record Number: 200910237 / Last updated on: 2009-04-10
Category: PUBLICATION
Original language: en
Available languages: en
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