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Understanding Carbon Climate Feedbacks

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About the Meeting

Figure2.pngUncertainties in the future trajectory of the Earth System stem largely from a lack of quantitative, mechanistic, and process-level understanding of the natural and human-perturbed carbon exchange processes that regulate the interannual-to-decadal atmospheric CO2 growth. Despite a great deal of  progress on the characterization of carbon-climate feedbacks across diverse aspects of the terrestrial, oceanic, and anthropogenic carbon cycles, there remain on the integrated roles of forcings and feedbacks in the evolution of atmospheric CO2.The overarching aim of this conference will be to bring together different pieces of the carbon-climate puzzle and to reach a community consensus on the large-scale efforts required to fundamentally advance carbon-climate feedback research. This conference will specifically address the following science questions:

  • How can carbon-climate feedback processes be detected in the face of natural interannual, decadal, and centennial variability?
  • What are the critical processes, scales, and regions that control the total impact of carbon-climate feedbacks on the atmospheric CO2 inventory?
  • To what degree is global carbon-climate feedbacks dominated by sensitive regions?
  • How can the contemporary knowledge of carbon-climate feedbacks be used to improve prediction of carbon-climate systems?

Presenters will be strongly encouraged to submit papers from the conference to a special issue in Global Biogeochemical Cycles and the conveners and program committee will submit an article to Eos. Participation in the conference will be open to everyone, subject to review of applications by the program committee.