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Workshop on assessments of National Carbon Budgets within the Nordic Region

Current status and sensitivity to changes

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The three-day workshop organized by the three Nordic research projects, ECOCLIM, LAGGE and SnowCarbo brought together scientists and other actors from Nordic countries to communicate and discuss research on carbon budget estimations in the Nordic region. Through presentations of most recent research in the field and following scientific discussions, the workshop contributed to strengthen the scientific basis of the identification and quantification of major natural carbon sinks in the Nordic region on which integrated climate change abatement and management strategies and policy decisions is formed from. This report summarizes presentations and discussions from the four thematic sessions, Observations of carbon sinks and sources, Modeling the carbon budget, Remote sensing data for carbon modeling, and Impacts of future climate and land use scenarios and gives an overview of the current status and knowledge on research on assessments of national carbon budgets as well as on projections and sensitivity to future changes in e.g. management and climate change in the Nordic Region.

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Discussion and concluding remarks

Multiple sensitivities and uncertainties exist in the field of research covering carbon budgeting in the Nordic Regions. During the workshop “Workshop on assessments of the national Carbon budget within the Nordic region – Current status and sensitivity to changes,” an important objective was to discuss these challenges and to improve the ways to communicate results and conclusions to policy makers. A discussion session covered five research areas; terrestrial carbon modeling, measuring terrestrial carbon fluxes, measuring and modeling marine and lake carbon, remote sensing and climate and land use scenarios. From this session and discussion throughout the workshop the following were agreed upon.

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