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e-NEWS February 2007

Carbon Research Activity 2007

RECENT ACTIVITIES

STATUS OF CURRENT CAPABIILITIES AND FUTURE DIRECTIONS FOR CARBON CYCLE DATA
ASSIMILATION
15-19 January 2007, San Antonio, Texas, USA

Organized around the theme of "Bridging the Studies of Weather and Climate", the purpose of this meeting
is to explore the elements that integrate weather and science and to strengthen the links between the
studies of weather and climate.
Contact: Scott Denning and S. Doney
Meeting Website: http://www.ametsoc.org/meet/annual/index.html

 
JOINT CANADA-MEXICO-USA CARBON PROGRAM (JNACP) PLANNING MEETING
25-26 January 2007, Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA

A meeting to foster a community of NACP scientists that can effectively tackle complex, crosscutting
issues to resolve uncertainties in understanding and managing the carbon cycle of North America and
adjacent oceans.
Contact: support@www.nacarbon.org
Meetings Website: http://www.nacarbon.org/2007_meetings/index.htm

 

FUTURE ACTIVITIES

BIOENERGY EUROPE 2007
5- 6 February 2007, London, UK

Information on the latest EU legislation and incentive schemes that aim to increase the use of biomass
and biofuels across the 25 member states. Topics include: economic drivers for bioenergy, update on the
EU Biomass Action Plan, market opportunities in biofuels,  ethanol vs biodiesel, attracting capital into the
bioenergy sector, Pros and cons of venture capital and public equity markets, how the CDM is boosting
biomass, market trends in renewable obligation certificates, and  risk management challenges in biofuel
projects.
Contact: info@environmental-finance.com
Conference Website: http://www.environmental-finance.com/conferences/2006/Bio07/intro.htm

 

FLUXNET SYNTHESIS WORKSHOP 2007
19-22 February 2007, Italy

Key topics for discussion include flux tower based global estimates of NEE and its components, decada
l trends, inter-annual variability, lag effects and adaptation and new insights into ecosystem physiology.
Contact: Dario Papale and Markus Reichstein
Scoping Paper: http://www.globalcarbonproject.org/MEETINGS/2007/FLUXNET_draft_outline.pdf (pdf, 25kb)

 
ARCTIC CARBON ASSESSMENT WORKSHOP (AMAP/CLiC/IASC)
27 February - 1 March 2007, Seattle, USA

A scientific synthesis and assessment of the Arctic carbon cycle
Contact: Chris Lace and David McGuire
For more information: http://www.amap.no/

 
CARBON MARKET INSIGHTS
13-15 March 2007, Copenhagen, Denmark

This years event will reflect on major issues including the opening up of the EU emissions trading scheme
to the global carbon markets as well as carbon projects, emissions and technologies.
Contact: conference@pointcarbon.com
Conference Website: http://www.pointcarbon.com/Events/Carbon%20Market%20Insights/category401.html

 
DEVELOPING PROTOCOLS AND NETWORKS FOR URBAN AND REGIONAL CARBON MANAGEMENT
TBA 2007, Japan

This workshop will initiate the development of an infrastructure to promote an international network of
researchers devoted to urban and regional carbon management.  The workshop will focus on developing
protocols, collaborations, and a collaborative network of researchers. 

Contact: Shobhakar Dhakal and Brent Yarnal.
Scoping Paper: (doc, 266Kb) http://www.globalcarbonproject.org/meetings/2007/GCP_Penn_NIES.doc

 

URBAN AND REGIONAL DEVELOPMENT PATHWAYS AND THEIR CARBON IMPLICATIONS
28-30 March 2007, Tsukuba, Japan

Objectives of the workshop:

  • Understand the status quo of urbanization phenomena and its drivers in relation to carbon
    management and assess the availability of information and data in this area
  • Discuss the methodological challenges represented by developing cross-scale linkages, integrated
    analytical frameworks and modeling of systemic macro evolutionary patterns.
  • Review available top-down and bottom-up studies of urbanization and associated models of
    urbanization.
  • Clarify the policy implications of urbanization trends and urban carbon management.
  • Develop a forum/network of the scholars interested in the analysis and modeling of urban and
    regional development pathways and scenarios and their carbon consequences.

Contact: Shobhakar Dhakal
Meeting Website: http://www.gcp-urcm.org/Activities/A20070328

 
OCEAN SURFACE: pCO2 AND VULNERABILITIES
11-14 April 2007, UNESCO, Paris

The purpose of this workshop is to review the current knowledge base and enhance international
cooperation to resolve the magnitude, variability and processes governing ocean sources and sinks of
carbon: from observations, process-based models and atmospheric and oceanic inversions. 
Contact: Roger Dargaville
Meeting Website: http://www.ioc.unesco.org/ioccp/pCO2_2007.htm

 
CARBON IN THE PEATLANDS: STATE OF THE ART AND FUTURE RESEARCH
15-18 April 2007, Wageningen, The Netherlands

The symposium aims to bring together leading scientists of different disciplinary fields to summarize the
state-of-the-art in recent research related to carbon cycling in peatlands, to define directions of future
research and to facilitate transfer of knowledge between disciplines.

Contact: Juul Limpens
Meeting Website: http://www.peatnet.siu.edu/cc07mainpage.html
 
ATMOSPHERIC CO2 INVERSIONS
24-27 April 2007, Purdue University (IN), USA
Contact: Rachel Law
Website: http://www.purdue.edu/transcom/meetings%20_purdue.php
 
IMPACTS OF LANDCOVER CHANGE ON ECOSYSTEM CARBON AND WATER AGU CYCLING
JOINT ASSEMBLY (B03 SESSION)
22-25 May 2007, Acapulco, Mexico
We invite contributions from experimental, remote sensing and modeling studies that attempt to quantify
impacts of land use change on carbon and water cycling. Some relevant questions include the following:
What are the ecological and functional changes in the water balance as a result of grass to woody plant
conversion (and vice-versa), and how might these changes alter carbon and nutrient cycling? How do land
cover changes affect evapotranspiration pathways? How does a change in ecosystem functional types
impact carbon stores, and how might this alter soil nutrient cycling and trace gases? We hope that these
studies will bridge disciplinary understanding by examining the linkages between hydrology and ecology.
Abstracts due 1 March.
Contact: Russell L. Scott and Alejandro E Castellanos
Website: http://www.agu.org/meetings/ja07/
 
NCAR ADVANCED STUDY COLLOQUIUM, "REGIONAL BIOGEOCHEMISTRY: NEEDS AND
METHODOLOGIES"
June 4-15 2007, Boulder, Colorado
The colloquium will provide unique hands-on learning components and significant opportunities to discuss
the state of the science and future directions of the field with colleagues and a select group of keynote
speakers. Graduate students involved in research on regional-scale terrestrial biogeochemical cycles of
carbon, water and nitrogen are invited to apply.
For more information: NCAR symposium (doc, 29Kb)
 
INTERNATIONAL ENERGY WORKSHOP (IEW)
25-27 June 2007, Stanford University, CA, USA
Abstract submissions are invited for the following topics: Adaptation and mitigation, Energy security,
Geopolitics of natural gas, Global energy resources, Micro-credits and energy development "Energization",
Social sciences and energy scenarios, The European Emissions Trading Scheme, UNFCCC/Post-2012
regimes, Uncertainty and probabilities in E3 (energy-economy-environment) modeling.
Abstract submission deadline: 28 February 2007
Workshop Website: http://www.iiasa.ac.at/Research/ECS/IEW2007/index_1stannouncement.html
 
7th MEETING OF THE SCIENTIC STEERING COMMITTEE OF THE GCP
20-23 August 2007, Kruger NP, South Africa

Contact: Pep Canadell and Shobhakar Dhakal

 

CARBON CYCLE RESEARCH IN AFRICA
24-26 August 2007, Kruger NP, South Africa

Symposium and field visit to Kruger National Park
The meeting will bring together a number of regional and international expertises working on carbon cycle
sciences in the African continent. Topics of discussion will include regional carbon budgets, urban and
regional carbon management, bioenergy, carbon-biodiversity interactions, and other key terrestrial and
aquatic processes and fluxes of the carbon cycle (natural, managed and human dimensions of the carbon
cycle). All groups are invited to participate. A trip to Kruger National Park is scheduled to visit a number
of observation and experimental facilities used in carbon research.
Contact: Guy Midgley, Pep Canadell and Shobhakar Dhakal

 

 WEST SIBERIAN PEATLANDS AND CARBON CYCLE: PAST AND PRESENT
26-30 August 2007, Khanty-Mansiysk, Russia

The goal of The 2nd International Field Symposium is to present research results and to promote the
exchange of expertise in the field of the processes of land paludification, conservation of natural functions
of mires and bogged forests, ecological monitoring of mires, determination the role of mires in the global carbon cycle as well as estimation of anthropogenic influence on peatbog development and present land reclamation technologies.
Contact: N.A. Sazonova
Abstracts to be sent: mailto:symp2007@mail.ru
Scoping Paper: http://www.globalcarbonproject.org/MEETINGS/2007/Peatland_WK_Russia.pdf (pdf, 148Kb)

 
CARBON-CLIMATE-HUMAN INTERACTIONS IN TROPICAL PEATLAND: CARBON POOLS, FIRE, MITIGATION, RESTORATION AND WISE USE
28-31 August 2007, Yogyakarta, Indonesia

This International Symposium will present the most up to date information on tropical peatlands, especially their role in the global carbon cycle and levels of GHGs released by them as a result of deforestation, drainage, land use change and fire. A workshop will provide a platform for data synthesis and integration in order to inform decision makers of the global environmental benefits of maintaining tropical peat carbon stores in situ and impress upon the UNFCC the importance of including peat carbon in its post 2012 policies on climate change.

Contact: Susan Page
Website: http://www.geog.le.ac.uk/staff/sep5/tropeat/carbopeat
 
VULNERABILITY OF METHANE HYDRATES
TBA 2007, IIASA, Austria

Methane hydrates are an energy source of potentially staggering magnitude compared with other known hydrocarbon deposits. It is found in deposits in Polar Regions and in costal shelves around the world. Both global warming and the decision to extract them (if it becomes economically feasible) could open a large new source of carbon to the atmosphere over the next century with its associated impacts to climate change. The workshop will explore the risks for large releases over this century based on present trends in global warming, technological development, and energy economics.

Contact: Nebojsa Nakicenovic and Pep Canadell
Scoping paper : Methane Hydrates Workshop 2007 (doc, 220Kb)
 
14th WMO/IAEA MEETING OF EXPERTS ON CARBON DIOXIDE, OTHER GREENHOUSE GASES, AND RELATED TRACER MEASUREMENT TECHNQUES
10-13th September 2007, Finnish Meteorological Institute, Helsinki, Finland

The 14th meeting will review current WMO data quality objectives. It will be "issue oriented” covering such topics as CO2, stable isotopes, radiocarbon in CO2, O2/N2, CH4, N2O, CO, and H2 measurements, calibration, quality control, data management, and archiving. New and emerging technology will also be discussed including measurements from satellites and flux tower studies with discussion how to best integrate and apply global greenhouse gas observations to address the needs of the users of this important Global Earth Observation (GEO) system.

Contact: Yrjö Viisanen and Tuomas Laurila
For more information: First announcement 14th WMO/IAEA Meeting
 
2nd INTERNATIONAL WORKSHOP ON UNCERTAINTY IN GREENHOUSE GAS INVENTORIES
27–28th September 2007, International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis, Laxenburg, Austria

Methods for the proper accounting of human-induced GHG sources and sinks at national scales have been stipulated by institutions such as the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and many countries have been producing national assessments for well over a decade. As increasing international concern and cooperation aim at policy-oriented solutions to the climate change problem, however, a number of issues have begun to arise regarding verification and compliance under both proposed and legislated schemes meant to reduce the human-induced global climate impact. This workshop, jointly organized by the Austrian-based International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis and the Systems Research Institute of the Polish Academy of Sciences, brings together international experts to address relevant uncertainty issues underlying the assessment of greenhouse gases.

Contact: Joanna Horabik ghg2007@ibspan.waw.pl
Website: http://www.ibspan.waw.pl/ghg2007/
 
5th ANNUAL CARBONEUROPE-INTEGRATED PROJECT MEETING
8-12 October 2007, Poznan, Poland
Contact: Annette Freibauer
 
GREENHOUSE 2007
2-5 October August 2007, Sydney, Australia

The conference will present an opportunity for scientists and representatives from industry and all levels of government to hear the latest findings in climate science, and discuss the implications for Australia and the region. The conference will focus on projections for the future; the use of probabilities for risk management; the impact that climate change will have on human activity; and changing perceptions of climate change.

Website: http://www.greenhouse2007.com/
 
SOUTHEAST ASIA REGIONAL CARBON AND WATER PROJECT
SARCS Call for Proposals - Phase III (2007)

Objectives: To enhance understanding of the spatial and temporal patterns of the contemporary regional carbon and water cycles.
Call for Proposals: (doc, 70Kb) http://www.globalcarbonproject.org/top_bar/new/January_2007/sarcs%202007%20cfp_1221.doc

 

RECENT PRODUCTS

CARBON POLICY BRIEF
The Global Carbon Project worked with the United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and the Scientific Committee on Problems with the Environment (SCOPE) to prepare this overview of the dynamics of the carbon-climate-human system. We explore a systems approach to managing these interactions in terms of the gap between current carbon emissions and those needed to stabilize atmospheric CO2 as well as their vulnerability and inertia.
Download: http://www.globalcarbonproject.org/Policy_Brief.html
 
NEW WEBPAGE FOR URBAN AND REGIONAL CARBON MANAGEMENT
http://www.gcp-urcm.org/
 
TERRESTRIAL C SINK SATURATION

A synthesis of terrestrial processes controlling carbon fluxes in and out of the biosphere with an emphasis on the future dynamics of carbon sinks and sources on land. Download: (pdf, 1.0Mb) http://www.globalcarbonproject.org/products/paper_specialissues_books/canadell.2007.sinksaturation.springer.pdf

 
CLIMATE PROJECTIONS OVER TROPICAL PEATLANDS

The activity on vulnerability of tropical peatlands has produced the first assessment of climate change over the main tropical peatlands regions of Southeast Asia and Amazon as a key measure of its future vulnerability to large C emissions.
Download: (pdf, 372Kb) http://www.globalcarbonproject.org/top_bar/new/january_2007/Wenhong.2007.FuturePreciptTropicalPeatlands.GRL.pdf

 
GLOBAL CARBON PROJECT - SCIENCE FRAMEWORK

The Science Framework of the Global Carbon Project is available in English, Chinese, Japanese and Russian.
The pdf file can be downloaded from the GCP website.
Download: http://www.globalcarbonproject.org/products.htm

 
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http://www.globalcarbonproject.org/carbon_portal.htm

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