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GCP

Global Carbon Project

www.globalcarbonproject.org


Type of Structure: program
Regional Scope: global
Parent Organisations: FutureEarth, ESSP
Child Organisations:
Duration : 2002 to present
Contact Address: Dr. Pep Canadell
Executive Director
Global Carbon Project
Division of Marine & Atmospheric Research
CSIRO
GPO Box 3023
Canberra, ACT 2601
Australia
Phone: +61 (0)2 6246 5631
FAX: +61 (0)2 6246 5988
e-Mail: pep.canadell(at)csiro.au
URL: http://www.globalcarbonproject.org/

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General information and objectives

The Global Carbon Project was formed to assist the international science community to establish a common, mutually agreed knowledge base supporting policy debate and action to slow the rate of increase of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere. The growing realization that anthropogenic climate change is a reality has focused the attention of the scientific community, policymakers and the general public on the rising concentration of greenhouse gases, especially carbon dioxide (CO2) in the atmosphere, and on the carbon cycle in general. Initial attempts, through the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change and its Kyoto Protocol, are underway to slow the rate of increase of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere. These societal actions require a scientific understanding of the carbon cycle, and are placing increasing demands on the international science community to establish a common, mutually agreed knowledge base to support policy debate and action.

The scientific goals of the Global Carbon Project is to develop a complete picture of the global carbon cycle, including both its biophysical and human dimensions together with the interactions and feedbacks between them. This will be:
  • Patterns and Variability: the current geographical and temporal distributions of the major stores and fluxes in the global carbon cycle;
  • Processes, Controls and Interactions: the underlying mechanisms and feedbacks that control the dynamics of the global carbon cycle, including interactions with human activities;
  • Future Dynamics of the Carbon Cycle: the range of plausible trajectories for the dynamics of the global carbon cycle into the future.


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Last update: 2/18/15
Source of data: ProClim- Research InfoSystem (1993-2017)

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