The Global Carbon Cycle: Integrating Humans, Climate, and the Natural World / Edition 2

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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.

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Meet 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.

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Table of Contents

List of colorplates, figures, tables, boxes, and appendixes
1 The global carbon cycle : integrating humans, climate, and the natural world 1
2 Current status and past trends of the global carbon cycle
3 The vulnerability of the carbon cycle in the 21st century : an assessment of carbon-climate-human interactions
4 Scenarios, targets, gaps, and costs 77
5 A portfolio of carbon management options 103
6 Interactions between CO[subscript 2] stabilization pathways and requirements for a sustainable earth system
7 A Paleo-perspective on changes in atmospheric CO[subscript 2] and climate 165
8 Spatial and temporal distribution of sources and sinks of carbon dioxide 187
9 Non-CO[subscript 2] greenhouse gases 205
10 Climate-carbon cycle interactions 217
11 Socioeconomic driving forces of emissions scenarios 225
12 Natural processes regulating the ocean uptake of CO[subscript 2] 243
13 Variability and climate feedback mechanisms in ocean uptake of CO[subscript 2] 257
14 A primer on the terrestrial carbon cycle : what we don't know but should 279
15 Geographic and temporal variation of carbon exchange by ecosystems and their sensitivity to environmental perturbations 295
16 Current consequences of past actions : how to separate direct from indirect 317
17 Pathways of atmospheric CO[subscript 2] through fluvial systems 329
18 Exchanges of carbon in the coastal seas 341
19 Pathways of regional development and the carbon cycle 355
20 Social change and CO[subscript 2] stabilization : moving away from carbon cultures 371
21 Carbon transport through international commerce 383
22 Near- and long-term climate change mitigation potential 405
23 Unanticipated consequences : thinking about ancillary benefits and costs of greenhouse gas emissions mitigation 419
24 International policy framework on climate change : sinks in recent international agreements 431
25 A multi-gas approach to climate policy 439
26 Storage of carbon dioxide by greening the oceans? 453
27 Direct injection of CO[subscript 2] in the ocean 469
28 Engineered biological sinks on land 479
29 Abatement of nitrous oxide, methane, and the other non-CO[subscript 2] greenhouse gases : the need for a systems approach 493
List of contributors 507
SCOPE series list 513
SCOPE executive committee 517
Index 519
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