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The Global Carbon Cycle : Integrating Humans, Climate, and the Natural World - Christopher B. Field

The Global Carbon Cycle

Integrating Humans, Climate, and the Natural World

By: Christopher B. Field (Editor), Michael R. Raupach (Editor), Susan Hill MacKenzie (Preface by)

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Published: 15th March 2004
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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.

List of colorplates, figures, tables, boxes, and appendixes
Foreword
Acknowledgments
The global carbon cycle : integrating humans, climate, and the natural worldp. 1
Current status and past trends of the global carbon cyclep. 17
The vulnerability of the carbon cycle in the 21st century : an assessment of carbon-climate-human interactionsp. 45
Scenarios, targets, gaps, and costsp. 77
A portfolio of carbon management optionsp. 103
Interactions between CO[subscript 2] stabilization pathways and requirements for a sustainable earth systemp. 131
A Paleo-perspective on changes in atmospheric CO[subscript 2] and climatep. 165
Spatial and temporal distribution of sources and sinks of carbon dioxidep. 187
Non-CO[subscript 2] greenhouse gasesp. 205
Climate-carbon cycle interactionsp. 217
Socioeconomic driving forces of emissions scenariosp. 225
Natural processes regulating the ocean uptake of CO[subscript 2]p. 243
Variability and climate feedback mechanisms in ocean uptake of CO[subscript 2]p. 257
A primer on the terrestrial carbon cycle : what we don't know but shouldp. 279
Geographic and temporal variation of carbon exchange by ecosystems and their sensitivity to environmental perturbationsp. 295
Current consequences of past actions : how to separate direct from indirectp. 317
Pathways of atmospheric CO[subscript 2] through fluvial systemsp. 329
Exchanges of carbon in the coastal seasp. 341
Pathways of regional development and the carbon cyclep. 355
Social change and CO[subscript 2] stabilization : moving away from carbon culturesp. 371
Carbon transport through international commercep. 383
Near- and long-term climate change mitigation potentialp. 405
Unanticipated consequences : thinking about ancillary benefits and costs of greenhouse gas emissions mitigationp. 419
International policy framework on climate change : sinks in recent international agreementsp. 431
A multi-gas approach to climate policyp. 439
Storage of carbon dioxide by greening the oceans?p. 453
Direct injection of CO[subscript 2] in the oceanp. 469
Engineered biological sinks on landp. 479
Abatement of nitrous oxide, methane, and the other non-CO[subscript 2] greenhouse gases : the need for a systems approachp. 493
List of contributorsp. 507
SCOPE series listp. 513
SCOPE executive committeep. 517
Indexp. 519
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ISBN: 9781559635264
ISBN-10: 1559635266
Series: Scope Series
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 568
Published: 15th March 2004
Publisher: Island Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.3  x 4.09
Weight (kg): 0.91
Edition Number: 4