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Scope Series #62: The Global Carbon Cycle: Integrating Humans, Climate, and the Natural World

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While a number of gases are implicated in global warming, carbon dioxide is the most important contributor, and in one sense the entire phenomena can be seen as a human-induced perturbation of the carbon cycle. The Global Carbon Cycle offers a scientific assessment of the state of current knowledge of the carbon cycle by the world's leading scientists sponsored by SCOPE and the Global Carbon Project, and other international partners. It gives an introductory over-view of the carbon cycle, with multidisciplinary contributions covering biological, physical, and social science aspects. Included are 29 chapters covering topics including: an assessment of carbon-climate-human interactions; a portfolio of carbon management options; spatial and temporal distribution of sources and sinks of carbon dioxide; socio-economic driving forces of emissions scenarios.

Throughout, contributors emphasize that all parts of the carbon cycle are interrelated, and only by developing a framework that considers the full set of feedbacks will we be able to achieve a thorough understanding and develop effective management strategies.

The Global Carbon Cycle edited by Christopher B. Field and Michael R. Raupach is part of the Rapid Assessment Publication series produced by the Scientific Committee on Problems of the Environment (SCOPE), in an effort to quickly disseminate the collective knowledge of the world's leading experts on topics of pressing environmental concern.

Synopsis:

Throughout, contributors emphasize that all parts of the carbon cycle are interrelated, and only by developing a framework that considers the full set of feedbacks will we be able to achieve a thorough understanding and develop effective management strategies.

About the Author

Christopher B. Field is Director of the Department of Global Ecology at the Carnegie Institution of Washington, in Stanford, California.

Michael R. Raupach is Chief Research Scientist in the CSIRO Land and Water Landscape Systems Research Directorate in Australia.

The Scientific Committee on Problems of the Environment (SCOPE) was established by the International Council for Science (ICSU) in 1969. It brings together natural and social scientists to identify emerging or potential environmental issues and to address jointly the nature and solution of environmental problems on a global basis.With its headquarters in Paris, France, SCOPE programs are conducted by volunteer scientists from every inhabited continent of the globe.

Table of Contents

List of Colorplates, Figures, Tables, Boxes, and Appendixes

Foreword

Acknowledgments

 

Chapter 1. The Global Carbon Cycle: Integrating Humans, Climate, and the Natural World

 

PART I: Crosscutting Issues

Chapter 2. Current Status and Past Trends of the Global Carbon Cycle

Chapter 3. The Vulnerability of the Carbon Cycle in the 21st Century: An Assessment of Carbon-Climate-Human Interactions

Chapter 4. Scenarios, Targets, Gaps, and Costs

Chapter 5. A Portfolio of Carbon Management Options

Chapter 6. Interactions between CO2 Stabilization Pathways and Requirements for a Sustainable Earth System

 

PART II: Overview of the Carbon Cycle

Chapter 7. A Paleo-Perspective on Changes in Atmospheric CO2 and Climate

Chapter 8. Spatial and Temporal Distribution of Sources and Sinks of Carbon Dioxide

Chapter 9. Non-CO2Greenhouse Gases

Chapter 10. Climate–Carbon Cycle Interactions

Chapter 11. Socioeconomic Driving Forces of Emissions Scenarios

 

PART III: The Carbon Cycle of the Oceans

Chapter 12. Natural Processes Regulating the Ocean Uptake of CO2

Chapter 13. Variability and Climate Feedback Mechanisms in Ocean Uptake of CO2

 

PART IV: The Carbon Cycle of the Land

Chapter 14. A Primer on the Terrestrial Carbon Cycle: What We Don't Know But Should

Chapter 15. Geographic and Temporal Variation of Carbon Exchange by Ecosystems and Their Sensitivity to Environmental Perturbations

Chapter 16. Current Consequences of Past Actions: How to Separate Direct from Indirect

 

PART V: The Carbon Cycle of Land-Ocean Margins

Chapter 17. Pathways of Atmospheric CO2 through Fluvial Systems

Chapter 18. Exchanges of Carbon in the Coastal Seas

 

PART VI: Humans and the Carbon Cycle

Chapter 19. Pathways of Regional Development and the Carbon Cycle

Chapter 20. Social Change and CO2 Stabilization: Moving away from Carbon Cultures

Chapter 21. Carbon Transport through International Commerce

 

PART VII: Purposeful Carbon Management

Chapter 22. Near- and Long-Term Climate Change Mitigation Potential

Chapter 23. Unanticipated Consequences: Thinking about Ancillary Benefits and Costs of Greenhouse Gas Emissions Mitigation

Chapter 24. International Policy Framework on Climate Change: Sinks in Recent International Agreements

Chapter 25. A Multi-Gas Approach to Climate Policy

Chapter 26. Storage of Carbon Dioxide by Greening the Oceans?

Chapter 27. Direct Injection of CO2 in the Ocean

Chapter 28. Engineered Biological Sinks on Land

Chapter 29. Abatement of Nitrous Oxide, Methane, and the Other Non-CO2 Greenhouse Gases: The Need for a Systems Approach

 

List of Contributors

SCOPE Series List

SCOPE Executive Committee

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9781559635264
Editor:
Field, Christopher B.
Editor:
Raupach, Michael R.
Editor:
Field, Christopher B.
Editor:
Raupach, Michael R.
Editor:
Field, Christopher B.; Raupach, Michael R.
Editor:
Field, Chris; Raupach, Michael
Author:
Raupach, Michael R.
Author:
SCOPE
Author:
Field, Christopher B.
Author:
MacKenzie, Susan Hill
Publisher:
Island Press
Subject:
Nature
Subject:
Environmental Science
Subject:
Atmospheric carbon dioxide
Subject:
Earth Sciences - Meteorology & Climatology
Subject:
Nature -- Effect of human beings on.
Subject:
Carbon cycle (Biogeochemistry)
Subject:
Physics-Meteorology
Edition Number:
1
Edition Description:
1
Series:
Scientific Committee on Problems of the Environment (SCOPE) Series
Series Volume:
62
Publication Date:
20070431
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
568
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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