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GEOCARBON - Operational Global Carbon Observing System

PI: Riccardo Valentini (Centro Euro-Mediterraneo sui Cambiamenti Climatici)

Co-I: Emanuel Gloor (University of Leeds), Oliver Phillips (University of Leeds), Simon Lewis (University of Leeds)

Overview: The main objective of this project is to coordinate the contribution of European and international leading research institutes toward the development of an Operational Global Integrated Carbon Observation and Analysis System.

Specific objectives are:

  • Provide an aggregated set of harmonized global carbon data information (integrating the land, ocean, atmosphere and human dimension)
  • Develop improved Carbon Cycle Data Assimilation Systems (CCDAS)
  • Define the specifications for an operational Global Carbon Observing System
  • Provide improved regional carbon budgets of Amazon and Central Africa
  • Provide comprehensive and synthetic information on the annual sources and sinks of CO2 for the globe and for large ocean and land regions
  • Improve the assessment of global CH4 sources and sinks and develop the CH4 observing system component
  • Provide an economic assessment of the value of an enhanced Global Carbon Observing System
  • Strengthen the effectiveness of the European (and global) Carbon Community participation in the GEO system

Start Date: 01 October 2011

End Date: 30 September 2014

Funder: EU Commission (FP7 Cooperation - Environment)

Grant Reference: 283080