Climatic Change

, Volume 67, Issue 2, pp 147–160

Quantifying, Understanding and Managing the Carbon Cycle in the Next Decades

  • Josep G. Canadell
  • Philippe Ciais
  • Peter Cox
  • Martin Heimann

DOI: 10.1007/s10584-004-3765-y

Cite this article as:
Canadell, J.G., Ciais, P., Cox, P. et al. Climatic Change (2004) 67: 147. doi:10.1007/s10584-004-3765-y


The human perturbation of the carbon cycle via the release of fossil CO2 and land use change is now well documented and agreed to be the principal cause of climate change. We address three fundamental research areas that require major development if we were to provide policy relevant knowledge for managing the carbon-climate system over the next few decades. The three research areas are: (i) carbon observations and multiple constraint data assimilation; (ii) vulnerability of the carbon-climate system; and (iii) carbon sequestration and sustainable development.

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© Kluwer Academic Publishers 2004

Authors and Affiliations

  • Josep G. Canadell
    • 1
  • Philippe Ciais
    • 2
  • Peter Cox
    • 3
  • Martin Heimann
    • 4
  1. 1.CSIRO Division of Atmospheric ResearchGlobal Carbon Project, Earth Observation CentreAustralia
  2. 2.Laboratorie des Sciences du Climat et du l’EnvironnementCentre d’Etudes de l’Orme des Merisiers - Bat 709France
  3. 3.Hadley Centre for Climate Prediction and ResearchMet OfficeUnited Kingdom
  4. 4.Max-Planck-Institut for BiogeochemistryGermany