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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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Observation of carbon sinks and sources

To obtain a full understanding of the carbon balance and how greenhouse gases influence the climate at present and in the future, monitoring is needed. Monitoring carbon sinks and sources includes comprehensive experimental work across a wide range of ecosystems in the Nordic region covering both marine and terrestrial ecosystems. In session 1 “Observations of Carbon sinks and sources,” up-to-date findings of carbon dioxide (CO2) and methane (CH4) exchange between different types of ecosystems and the atmosphere as well as their biological and physical controlling processes were reported.

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