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Title: Global carbon cycle: A test of our knowledge of the earth
Authors: Falkowski, P
Scholes, RJ
Boyle, E
Canadell, J
Canfield, D
Elser, J
Gruber, N
Hibbard, K
Hogberg, P
Linder, S
Mackenzie, FT
Moore, B
Pedersen, T
Rosenthal, Y
Seitzinger, S
Smetacek, V
Steffen, W
Keywords: Carbon dioxide
Earth systems
Human activities
Ecosystems
Issue Date: 13-Oct-2000
Publisher: American Association for the Advancement of Science
Citation: Falkowski, P et al. 2000. Global carbon cycle: A test of our knowledge of the earth. Science, Vol. 290(5490), pp 291-296
Abstract: Motivated by the rapid increase in atmospheric CO2 due to the human activities since the industrial revolution, several international scientific research programs have analyzed the role of individual components of the earth system in the global cycle. The knowledge of the carbon cycle within the oceans, terrestrial ecosystems, and the atmosphere is sufficiently extensive to permit us to conclude that although natural processes can potentially slow the rate of increase in atmospheric CO2, there is no natural “savoir” waiting to assimilate all the anthropogenically produced CO2 in the coming century. The knowledge is insufficient to describe the interactions between the components of the earth system and the relationship between the carbon cycle and other biogeochemical and climatologically processes. Overcoming this limitation requires a systems approach
Description: Copyright: 2000 American Association for the Advancement of Science
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10204/1199
ISSN: 0036-8075
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