U.S. Scientists Call for Integrated Study of Carbon Cycle
- With greenhouse-gas concentrations rising rapidly, active management of the global carbon cycle is increasingly urgent. The plan outlines the need for carbon-cycle research on the efficacy and environmental consequences of carbon management policies, strategies, and technologies.
- Because humans are an integral part of the carbon cycle, both through influences on natural systems and through direct emissions of
greenhouse gases, study of the human elements of the carbon cycle must be more thoroughly integrated into the future research agenda.
- The Plan recommends increased exploration of the direct impact of rising greenhouse gas concentrations and carbon-management decisions on ecosystems, species, and natural resources.
- Finally, because decisions about the carbon cycle will inevitably be made with imperfect knowledge, the Plan emphasizes the need for a better understanding of uncertainly in all aspects of the global carbon cycle, and improved ways of conveying those uncertainties to policy and decision makers, as well as society at large.