AGU Session: Improving Predictions of the Global Carbon Cycle, Dec 9-13, 2013

The 2013 AGU Fall Meeting will have a special session titled, “B050. New Mechanisms, Feedbacks, and Approaches for Improving Predictions of the Global Carbon Cycle in Earth System Models“.  This session will highlight the influence of global carbon and nutrient cycles on future atmospheric CO2 concentrations, quantifying climate-carbon cycle feedbacks, and benchmarking of Earth System Models.

Abstracts are currently being accepted for this session. The deadline for abstract submissions is August 6, 2013.

Co-conveners include: Forrest Hoffman (ORNL), Atul Jain (U. Illinois), and
James Randerson (UC-Irvine)

Invited speakers include:
* Markus Reichstein, Max Planck Institute for Biogeochemistry
* Ken Caldeira, Carnegie Institute
* Colin Prentice, Macquarie University
* R. Quinn Thomas, Virginia Tech University

Predictions of future atmospheric CO2 concentrations are influenced by global carbon and nutrient cycles, climate interactions, and feedbacks. Relevant processes operate at different spatial and temporal scales, vary across marine and terrestrial ecosystems and remain uncertain. Moreover, feedbacks may be altered by anthropogenic disturbance agents, including tropospheric O3, acceleration of the N and H2O cycles, eutrophication, and land cover/use changes. This session focuses on integrated understanding of feedback mechanisms, structure and function of critical and vulnerable ecosystems, human activities, and approaches for evaluating and benchmarking Earth System Models.

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