Key Uncertainties in the Global Carbon-Cycle: Perspectives Across Terrestrial and Ocean Ecosystems

06.08 - 10.08.2013
Colorado, USA

Application deadline: 15 April 2013

This week-long interdisciplinary workshop focuses on carbon cycle science, and will take place at the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, Colorado.


The ocean and terrestrial biosphere currently absorb about half of annual anthropogenic CO2 emissions. These sinks are sensitive to climate: future warming will reduce their effectiveness. Understanding the mechanisms regulating natural carbon sinks is an essential element of climate prediction and a key challenge for Earth System models.


This colloquium is designed to bring together terrestrial and ocean carbon cycle scientists from across the world to explore key uncertainties the global carbon cycle. The aim is to build a dialogue crossing traditional disciplinary boundaries to address common conceptual challenges. Each topic covered will include an invited talk by a prominent terrestrial and ocean researcher and be followed by contributed talks and a poster session.


- The state of the carbon cycle- Nutrient controls on carbon cycling- Remineralization pathways and climate- Role of individuals in ecosystem and carbon dynamics- Top-down controls on carbon cycling- Physical climate variability on carbon dynamics- Using observations to constrain model predictions

Confirmed Speakers

- Tom Anderson (National Oceanography Centre Southampton)- Adrian Burd (UGA)- Curtis Deutsch (UCLA)- Scott Doney (WHOI)- Serita Frey (UNH)- Jeff Hicke (U of Idaho)- Tim Lenton (Exeter)- Galen McKinley (UW - Madison)- Kiona Ogle (ASU)- Ying Ping Wang (CSIRO)

How to apply

Researchers at any stage in their career are invited to apply. Students attending the 2013 NCAR ASP Student Colloquium will also attend the workshop.

Funds are available to partially support travel and lodging expenses for most participants.

To submit your application please visite the registration website and select researcher.