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Published: September 12, 2014

Global Carbon Project - new committe members announced

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The Global Carbon Project (GCP) announced recently two new co-chairs, Nebojsa Nakicenovic from the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) in Vienna and Rob Kackson from Duke University in North Carolina.

GCP and IGBP would like to warmly thank outgoing co-chairs Corinne Le Quéré and Philippe Ciais for their inspirational leadership in taking the project from strength to strength.


In addition to two new co-chairs, GCP has also announced several new members of the Scientific Steering Committee. A full list of members is available here.


Global Carbon Project Scientific Steering Committee and staff.


GCP was established in 2001 in recognition of the large scientific challenges and critical nature of the carbon cycle for Earth's sustainability. The scientific goal of the project is to develop a complete picture of the global carbon cycle, including both its biophysical and human dimensions together with the interactions and feedbacks between them. Science highlights include the Global Carbon Budget, an annual update on the carbon budget and trends, and the Methane Budget, a regular update of the global methane budget and trends. Another important is the Global Carbon Atlas: a platform to explore and visualize the most up-to-date data on carbon fluxes resulting from human activities and natural processes.


GCP is a core project of project of IGBP.




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