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Title: A Study of the Abundance and 13C/12C Ratio of Atmospheric Carbon Dioxide to Advance the Scientific Understanding of Terrestrial Processes Regulating the Global Carbon Cycle

Abstract

The primary goal of our research program, consistent with the goals of the U.S. Climate Change Science Program and funded by the terrestrial carbon processes (TCP) program of DOE, has been to improve understanding of changes in the distribution and cycling of carbon among the active land, ocean and atmosphere reservoirs, with particular emphasis on terrestrial ecosystems. Our approach is to systematically measure atmospheric CO2 to produce time series data essential to reveal temporal and spatial patterns. Additional measurements of the 13C/12C isotopic ratio of CO2 provide a basis for distinguishing organic and inorganic processes. To pursue the significance of these patterns further, our research also involved interpretations of the observations by models, measurements of inorganic carbon in sea water, and of CO2 in air near growing land plants.

Authors:
Publication Date:
Research Org.:
University of California, San Diego/ Scripps Institution of Oceanography
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE - Office of Energy Research (ER)
OSTI Identifier:
861630
Report Number(s):
DOE/ER62075-1
TRN: US200710%%247
DOE Contract Number:  
FG03-95ER62075
Resource Type:
Technical Report
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
54 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES; 58 GEOSCIENCES; ABUNDANCE; AIR; CARBON; CARBON CYCLE; CARBON DIOXIDE; CLIMATES; DISTRIBUTION; RESEARCH PROGRAMS; SEAS; TERRESTRIAL ECOSYSTEMS; WATER; CO2; atmospheric carbon dioxide; 13C/12C of CO2; global carbon cycle; terrestrial biosphere; fossil fuel emissions

Citation Formats

Piper, Stephen C. A Study of the Abundance and 13C/12C Ratio of Atmospheric Carbon Dioxide to Advance the Scientific Understanding of Terrestrial Processes Regulating the Global Carbon Cycle. United States: N. p., 2005. Web. doi:10.2172/861630.
Piper, Stephen C. A Study of the Abundance and 13C/12C Ratio of Atmospheric Carbon Dioxide to Advance the Scientific Understanding of Terrestrial Processes Regulating the Global Carbon Cycle. United States. https://doi.org/10.2172/861630
Piper, Stephen C. Sat . "A Study of the Abundance and 13C/12C Ratio of Atmospheric Carbon Dioxide to Advance the Scientific Understanding of Terrestrial Processes Regulating the Global Carbon Cycle". United States. https://doi.org/10.2172/861630. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/861630.
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title = {A Study of the Abundance and 13C/12C Ratio of Atmospheric Carbon Dioxide to Advance the Scientific Understanding of Terrestrial Processes Regulating the Global Carbon Cycle},
author = {Piper, Stephen C},
abstractNote = {The primary goal of our research program, consistent with the goals of the U.S. Climate Change Science Program and funded by the terrestrial carbon processes (TCP) program of DOE, has been to improve understanding of changes in the distribution and cycling of carbon among the active land, ocean and atmosphere reservoirs, with particular emphasis on terrestrial ecosystems. Our approach is to systematically measure atmospheric CO2 to produce time series data essential to reveal temporal and spatial patterns. Additional measurements of the 13C/12C isotopic ratio of CO2 provide a basis for distinguishing organic and inorganic processes. To pursue the significance of these patterns further, our research also involved interpretations of the observations by models, measurements of inorganic carbon in sea water, and of CO2 in air near growing land plants.},
doi = {10.2172/861630},
url = {https://www.osti.gov/biblio/861630}, journal = {},
number = ,
volume = ,
place = {United States},
year = {2005},
month = {10}
}