Carbon cycling reaction to human-caused climate changes
Past and current climate changes offer basic information on carbon cycling that permit the elaboration of various scenarios related to changes in CO2 emissions. Today’s anthropogenic causes of CO2 emissions are disrupting natural changes in carbon cycling. The EU-funded CYCLOCARB project will develop a semi-empirical model of carbon cycling and climates for the last glacial era that is considered an analogue to anthropogenic forcing. The model will be limited by an extensive database and proxies for global carbon cycling and division between ocean, atmosphere and solid earth. The climatic reconstruction and the empirical model will improve our understanding of the natural reaction of carbon cycling to anthropogenic changes, permitting also the quantification of carbon stocks in exclusive economic zones.