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  • Executive Order 13653 'Preparing the U.S. for the Impacts of Climate Change' | United States Carbon Cycle Science Program
    and policy adjustments for promotion of carbon sequestration and reductions to the sources of climate change as well as completion of an inventory and assessment of proposed and completed changes to their land and water related policies programs and regulations as highlighted below Sec 3 Managing Lands and Waters for Climate Preparedness and Resilience Within 9 months of the date of this order and in coordination with the efforts described in section 2 of this order the heads of the Departments of Defense the Interior and Agriculture the Environmental Protection Agency NOAA the Federal Emergency Management Agency the Army Corps of Engineers and other agencies as recommended by the Council established in section 6 of this order shall work with the Chair of CEQ and the Director of the Office of Management and Budget OMB to complete an inventory and assessment of proposed and completed changes to their land and water related policies programs and regulations necessary to make the Nation s watersheds natural resources and ecosystems and the communities and economies that depend on them more resilient in the face of a changing climate Further recognizing the many benefits the Nation s natural infrastructure provides agencies shall where possible focus on program and policy adjustments that promote the dual goals of greater climate resilience and carbon sequestration or other reductions to the sources of climate change The assessment shall include a timeline and plan for making changes to policies programs and regulations Agencies shall build on efforts already completed or underway as outlined in agencies Adaptation Plans as discussed in section 5 of this order as well as recent interagency climate adaptation strategies such as the National Action Plan Priorities for Managing Freshwater Resources in a Changing Climate released October 28 2011 the National Fish Wildlife and Plants Climate

    Original URL path: http://www.carboncyclescience.us/news/executive-order-13653-preparing-us-impacts-climate-change (2016-02-17)
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  • Completion of Workshop on Human-Carbon Interactions in Urban Systems | United States Carbon Cycle Science Program
    landscape e g individual economic sectors but with little process or mechanistic linkages to economic behavioral or political drivers Furthermore little research has linked an understanding of the urban carbon cycle with land use and land use change surrounding urban areas or land use form and structure within urban areas There is much knowledge and research on socioeconomic activity within urban areas but this work has either not focused on carbon or has not connected with the explicit space time needs required by research in carbon cycle science where linkage to space time explicit atmospheric measurements and land transformation is essential The US Carbon Cycle Science Plan has included considerable emphasis on the human dimensions of the carbon cycle and 3 of the 6 key goals within the Plan refer to aspects of human carbon interactions For example the Plan seeks to understand and quantify the socioeconomic drivers of carbon emissions Goal 2 determine the likelihood of success and the potential for side effects of carbon management pathways that might be undertaken to achieve a low carbon future Goal 5 and address decision maker needs for current and future carbon cycle information and provide data and projections that are relevant credible and legitimate for their decisions Goal 6 The accomplishment of these goals will require new research aimed at a better understanding of how humans interact with the carbon cycle and a new research community focused on human carbon interactions However to date there has not been a focused effort within the US carbon cycle science community to bridge the gap between the natural and social sciences and begin the necessary knowledge integration and community socialization As a dominant and complex anthropogenic system urban areas and their linkages to surrounding land use and land use change provide an opportunity for carbon science to begin building the necessary research community to bridge the natural and social sciences through focus on a rich but tractable domain To begin the process of bridging the gap between the natural and social sciences on human carbon interactions in cities as the first attempt at building and socializing an interdisciplinary research community of social and natural scientists the US Carbon Cycle Science Program and Carbon Cycle Interagency Working Group CCIWG sponsored a workshop on Human Carbon Interactions in Urban Systems from October 16 18 2013 at the National Center for Atmospheric Research NCAR in Boulder Colorado Conceptualized organized and led by three members of the Carbon Cycle Interagency Working Group CCSSG Paty Romero Lankao NCAR Karen Seto Yale and Kevin Gurney ASU this 2 5 days long event provided an opportunity for 22 US and scientists from the US Canada and Mexico to brainstorm on urban systems and their surrounding land transformation as a rich subset of the broader human carbon interactions Through a series of breakout group discussions interspersed with comprehensive workshop sessions the participants delved into the gaps problems solutions and opportunities that need to be tackled in order to encourage and establish a

    Original URL path: http://www.carboncyclescience.us/news/workshop-human-carbon-interactions-urban-systems (2016-02-17)
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  • Japanese translation of US Carbon Cycle Science Plan sections | United States Carbon Cycle Science Program
    U S Carbon Cycle Science Plan have been translated in JAPANESE in this newly published document CGER Reports No I112 PDF 10 5 MB A Research Road Map toward Understanding Carbon Cycle Changes by Integrating Global Environment Observational Data and Models only available in Japanese http www cger nies go jp publications report i112 en Supported by the Environment Research and Technology Development Fund of the Japanese Ministry of the Environment this document describes the 2011 US Carbon Cycle Science Plan with acknowledgement for the U S Carbon Cycle Science Program in the following pages Page 30 Acknowledgment Page 49 Reference source Pages 71 83 Translation of A U S Carbon Cycle Science Plan 2011 Abstract and Chapters 1 2 This is a report on r esearch road map providing a way forward for achieving a better estimation of the global carbon cycle and for contributing to international climate policies The road map was reviewed by a committee including experts from meteorology ecology agriculture and social science which was established in the fiscal year of 2012 supported by the Environment Research and Technology Development Fund Ministry of the Environment Japan Primary issues and tasks were identified that must be undertaken

    Original URL path: http://www.carboncyclescience.us/news/japanese-translation-us-carbon-cycle-science-plan-sections (2016-02-17)
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  • Second Ocean Acidification Principal Investigators’ Meeting | United States Carbon Cycle Science Program
    opportunities and progress in ocean acidification research see photographs below photo credit Gyami Shrestha Below is a summary of the event as submitted by Sarah R Cooley Ocean Carbon and Biogeochemistry Project Office Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution Woods Hole MA 02543 Contact Sarah at scooley whoi edu Nearly two hundred members of the ocean acidification research community attended the second ocean acidification principal investigators meeting held September 18 20 2013 at Gallaudet University s Kellogg Conference Center in Washington DC and organized by the Ocean Carbon and Biogeochemistry Project s Ocean Acidification subcommittee Scientists science program managers other government agency representatives and nonprofit organization representatives convened to assess the state of ocean acidification science identify major gaps and discuss the way forward Presentations and discussions also focused on ways to maximize collaboration and minimize duplication of efforts and promote effective data management and sharing Two major themes consistently emerged from discussions and presentations during the meeting First good communication is a critical piece of ocean acidification science This is true not only when scientists are conveying information to stakeholders but also when they are working with other researchers on interdisciplinary questions The second theme was the intense and ongoing need for the community to grapple with questions of scale from understanding how effects of ocean acidification on individual organisms may affect whole ecosystems to understanding how uncertainty builds through a modeled system to understanding how lessons can be learned even from very specific research results and applied to larger questions of governance and coastal planning Breakout sessions during the second and third days of the meeting discussed specific cross disciplinary questions in depth relating to ocean acidification These discussions were designed to help the community start synthesizing trends and themes in ocean acidification science across environments and processes and to

    Original URL path: http://www.carboncyclescience.us/news/OCB-OceanAcidification-PI-Meeting (2016-02-17)
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  • 27th Biannual CCSSG Meeting | United States Carbon Cycle Science Program
    You are here Home 27th Biannual CCSSG Meeting September 3 2013 Washington D C The 27th Biannual CCSSG meeting was held from September 9 10 2013 in Arlington VA For more info on the CCSSG view http www carboncyclescience gov carbon cycle scientific steering group The last meeting was held in April 2013 http www carboncyclescience gov news cciwg meets scientific steering g This page last updated 09 17 2013

    Original URL path: http://www.carboncyclescience.us/news/27th-biannual-ccssg-meeting (2016-02-17)
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  • OMB-OSTP Memo on Science and Technology Priorities for the FY 2015 Budget | United States Carbon Cycle Science Program
    heads on Friday June 26 2013 Addressing the U S Administration s Science and Technology Priorities for the FY 2015 Budget and related multiagency activities the Administration recognizes that agency specific research needed to make progress toward agency missions is important In the FY 2015 Budget agencies should balance priorities to ensure resources are adequately allocated for agency specific mission driven research while focusing resources where appropriate on addressing the multi agency research activities that cannot be addressed effectively by a single agency Global Climate Change is listed as one of these multiagency activities priorities on page 3 of this memo This particular section is pertinent to the carbon cycle science community Within the U S Global Change Research Program agencies should continue to make progress toward fulfilling the 2012 2021 Strategic Plan FY 2015 priority areas include better understanding of the causes and consequences of drought and the interaction of global change impacts in the Arctic with climate in the mid latitudes Emphasis should also be given to r esearch that enhances predictions of climate related interactions among physical biological human systems on seasonal to multi decadal timescales In improving the nation s ability to understand assess and respond

    Original URL path: http://www.carboncyclescience.us/news/omb-ostp-memo-science-and-technology-priorities-fy-2015-budget (2016-02-17)
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  • August 2013 Workshop on Key Uncertainties in the Global Carbon Cycle | United States Carbon Cycle Science Program
    workshop on Key Uncertainties in the Global Carbon Cycle Perspectives across terrestrial and ocean ecosystems will be held from August 6 10 2013 at the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder CO The workshop seeks to develop a multi disciplinary approach to global carbon cycle science by integrating knowledge from both land and ocean communities We are bringing in a great group of leading carbon cycle scientists from both the marine and terrestrial communities during the middle week of the three week ASP summer graduate student colloquium The sessions and discussions will focus on key challenges facing both communities and the innovative approaches being taken to address these challenges Topics include nutrient cycle controls on carbon cycling remineralization pathways and controls the role of individuals in ecosystem dynamics the role of physical climate variability in carbon cycling and the use of data to constrain climate feedbacks The U S Carbon Cycle Science Program is co sponsoring this workshop with NCAR ASP NSF U S CLIVAR and OCB LIVE WEBCAST of the workshop Video recordings will be made available by NCAR and and will be posted on http www carboncyclescience gov at a later date AGENDA and SPEAKERS More details

    Original URL path: http://www.carboncyclescience.us/news/august-2013-workshop-key-uncertainties-global-carbon-cycle (2016-02-17)
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  • President Obama's Climate Action Plan Released | United States Carbon Cycle Science Program
    Sheet released today 6 25 2013 contain a plethora of carbon science community relevant actions Some of those headlines and sections are listed below page 10 Reducing Other Greenhouse Gas Emissions Curbing Emissions of Hydrofluorocarbons Reducing Methane Emissions page 11 Preserving the Role of Forests in Mitigating Climate Change Pages 14 15 16 Identifying Vulnerabilities of Key Sectors to Climate Change Conserving Land and Water Resources Maintaining Agricultural Sustainability Using Sound Science to Manage Climate Impacts Reducing Wildfire Risks pages 17 18 Combating Short Lived Climate Pollutant Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation Page 10 talks about developing an Interagency Methane Strategy The Environmental Protection Agency and the Departments of Agriculture Energy Interior Labor and Transportation will develop a comprehensive interagency methane strategy The group will focus on assessing current emissions data addressing data gaps identifying technologies and best practices for reducing emissions and identifying existing authorities and incentive based opportunities to reduce methane emissions The Plan also mentions a commitment to protect US forests and landscapes and Maintain agricultural productivity by delivering tailored science based knowledge to farmers ranchers and landowners and helps communities prepare for drought and wildfire by launching a National Drought Resilience Partnership and by

    Original URL path: http://www.carboncyclescience.us/news/president-obamas-climate-action-plan-released (2016-02-17)
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