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TitleFormulating Energy Policies Related to Fossil Fuel Use: Critical Uncertainties in the Global Carbon Cycle
Author(s)Post, W. M.; Dale, V. H.; DeAngelis, D. L.; Mann, L. K.; Mulholland, P. J.; O`Neill, R. V.; Peng, T. -H.; Farrell, M. P.
Publication DateFebruary 1990
Report NumberCONF-900255-1
Unique IdentifierACC0249
Other NumbersLegacy ID: DE90008741; OSTI ID: 6984826
Research OrgOak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), TN (USA)
Contract NoAC05-84OR21400
Sponsoring OrgUS Department of Energy, Office of Energy Research (DOE/ER)
Other InformationSoutheast Regional Climate Symposium 1990: Global Change - A Southern Perspective; 19-22 Feb 1990; Charleston, SC (USA)
Subject540120 -- Environment, Atmospheric -- Chemicals Monitoring & Transport -- (1990-) ; 200500 -- Fossil-Fueled Power Plants -- Environmental Aspects -- (1990-); Atmospheric Circulation -- Mathematical Models; Carbon Cycle -- Global Aspects; Carbon Dioxide -- Ecological Concentration; Energy Policy; Fossil Fuels -- Combustion; Oceanic Circulation -- Mathematical Models; Atmospheres; Biosphere; Buffers; Carbon 12; Carbon 13; Carbon 14; Dynamics; Forecasting; Greenhouse Effect; Hydrology; Land Use; Oceanography; Radon 222; Sediments; Temperature Effects; Tritium; 54 Environmental Sciences
KeywordsAlpha Decay Radioisotopes; Beta Decay Radioisotopes; Beta-Minus Decay Radioisotopes; Carbon Compounds; Carbon Isotopes; Carbon Oxides; Chalcogenides; Chemical Reactions; Days Living Radioisotopes; Energy Sources; Environment; Even-Even Nuclei; Even-Odd Nuclei; Fuels; Government Policies; Heavy Nuclei; Hydrogen Isotopes; Isotopes; Light Nuclei; Mechanics; Nuclei; Odd-Even Nuclei; Oxidation; Oxides; Oxygen Compounds; Radioisotopes; Radon Isotopes; Stable Isotopes; Thermochemical Processes; Years Living Radioisotopes
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AbstractThe global carbon cycle is the dynamic interaction among the earth's carbon sources and sinks. Four reservoirs can be identified, including the atmosphere, terrestrial biosphere, oceans, and sediments. Atmospheric CO{sub 2} concentration is determined by characteristics of carbon fluxes among major reservoirs of the global carbon cycle. The objective of this paper is to document the knowns, and unknowns and uncertainties associated with key questions that if answered will increase the understanding of the portion of past, present, and future atmospheric CO{sub 2} attributable to fossil fuel burning. Documented atmospheric increases in CO{sub 2} levels are thought to result primarily from fossil fuel use and, perhaps, deforestation. However, the observed atmospheric CO{sub 2} increase is less than expected from current understanding of the global carbon cycle because of poorly understood interactions among the major carbon reservoirs.
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