Next-Generation Terrestrial Carbon Monitoring
Carbon Sequestration and Its Role in the Global Carbon Cycle
American Geophysical Union
Series volume 183
The first glimpse for humanity of global carbon monitoring was the invaluable record of atmospheric carbon dioxide measurements on the summit of Manna Loa, initiated in 1958 by Charles David Keeling. Terrestrial carbon monitoring at the global scale only became possible with the advent of earth observation satellites in the early 1980s. Current science now allows an integration of satellite data, ground stations, and field observations integrated by mechanistic carbon cycle models. However this observational potential has not been realized by current systems, and international investments and coordination are needed. Future policy decisions on mitigating climate change, monitoring carbon credits, and developing biofuels will put a high demand on accurate monitoring and understanding of the global carbon cycle.
© 2009 American Geophysical Union
Running, S. W., Nemani R. R., Townshend J., and Baldocchi D. D. (2009). Next-Generation Terrestrial Carbon Monitoring in Carbon Sequestration and Its Role in the Global Carbon Cycle, American Geophysical Union, pp. 49-69.