Human Interactions with the Carbon Cycle (Compass series) by National Research Council, Division of Behavioral and Social

By National Research Council, Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education, Board on Environmental Change and Society, Committee on the Human Dimensions of Global Change, Visit Amazon's Paul C. Stern Page, search results, Learn about Author Centr

The USGCRP's Carbon Cycle operating workforce requested the nationwide examine Council's Committee at the Human Dimensions of worldwide swap to carry a workshop on Human Interactions with the Carbon Cycle. the elemental objective of the workshop used to be to aid construct bridges among the study groups within the social sciences and the average sciences that would ultimately interact to provide the wanted knowing of the carbon cycle-an figuring out which may tell public judgements that can, between different issues, hinder failures from due to the methods humanity has been changing the carbon cycle. participants of the operating team was hoping winning workshop might enhance communique among the appropriate learn groups within the normal and social sciences, prime ultimately to a selection of the carbon cycle software point in instructions that might higher combine the 2 domains.

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Dietz said that such research could investigate both whether a particular management goal is attainable and what it would take to achieve it. Sally Kane noted a need for research on adaptation as well as management. Pitcher noted that none of the existing environmental control models include the cost of management choices and suggested that consistent pricing elements need to be incorporated into models. Schneider noted institutional constraints and opportunities in doing this kind of work and raised a few substantive issues.

By addressing the above questions, it is possible to analyze whether the IPCC estimate is realistic that 1 Gt/yr of carbon can be sequestered through changes in land management by 2010. To link human dimensions research on land use to carbon cycle research, DeFries argued that it is important to move from the pattern of changes in the carbon sink to the underlying processes and then to consider the pattern in light of the processes. She noted that social science normally works at smaller scales than the global and that the linkage is probably best accomplished at the regional scale.

It is necessary to understand the past and present across situations and times, but it is not necessary to understand everything to make a contribution to projections and to policy. It is therefore important to identify the insights that might come from information on the past that map onto future needs. It is also important to consider whether generalizations from the past will continue to hold in a future that contains some unprecedented conditions. Parson suggested the following topics for attention: 1.

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