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The decadal state of the terrestrial carbon cycle: Global retrievals of terrestrial carbon allocation, pools, and residence times

Quantitative knowledge of terrestrial carbon pathways and processes is fundamental for understanding the biosphere's response to a changing climate.  Carbon allocation, stocks and residence times together define the dynamic state of the terrestrial carbon cycle.  These quantities are difficult to measure and remain poorly quantified on a global scale. 

Results of the paper reveal emergent continental-scale patterns and relationships between carbon states and processes.  Findings reveal that conventional land cover types cannot capture continental-scale variations of retrieved carbon variables; this mismatch has strong implications for terrestrial carbon cycle predictions.

Authors: Anthony Bloom, Jean-Francois Exbrayat, Ivar R van der Velde, Lian Feng (NCEO) and Mathew Williams (NCEO)

Full paper: http://www.pnas.org/content/113/5/1285.full.pdf

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