NCEAS Project 12182

Linking carbon storage in terrestrial ecosystems with other climate forcing agents: A synthesis allowing for effective carbon dioxide stabilization policies

  • James T. Randerson
  • Josep G. Canadell
  • Robert B. Jackson

ActivityDatesFurther Information
Working Group22nd—24th January 2008Participant List  
Working Group27th—29th January 2009Participant List  
Working Group26th—27th January 2010Participant List  

Reforestation, afforestation, and avoided deforestation mitigation options influence climate at local to global scales by mechanisms in addition to their effect on stabilizing atmospheric carbon dioxide levels. In some cases, for example, climate forcing from concurrent changes in albedo, evapotranspiration, and aerosols may have a larger impact regionally and globally than the net effects of greenhouse gases, yet these mechanisms are not accounted for in current policy frameworks such as the Kyoto Protocol. We propose a series of three meetings, bringing together ecosystem ecologists, climate scientists, and policy experts to synthesize recent work on tradeoffs between biogeochemical and biophysical forcing agents associated with land cover change. In a second step, we plan to draft a policy perspective that reevaluates the role of terrestrial ecosystems in climate policy.

TypeProducts of NCEAS Research
Journal Article Anderson, Ray G.; Canadell, Josep G.; Randerson, James T.; Jackson, Robert B.; Hungate, Bruce A.; Baldocchi, Dennis; Ban-Weiss, George; Bonan, Gordon; Caldeira, Ken; Cao, Long; Diffenbaugh, Noah; Gurney, Kevin; Kueppers, Lara M.; Law, Beverly E.; Luyssaert, Sebastiaan; O'Halloran, Thomas L. 2011. Biophysical considerations in forestry for climate protection. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment. Vol: 9. Pages 174-182. (Online version)
Journal Article Baldocchi, Dennis; Ma, Siyan. 2013. How will land use affect air temperature in the surface boundary layer? Lessons learned from a comparative study on the energy balance of an oak savanna and annual grassland in California, USA. Tellus Series B-Chemical and Physical Meteorology. Vol: 65. Pages 19994.
Journal Article Jackson, Robert B.; Randerson, James T.; Canadell, Josep G.; Anderson, Ray G.; Avissar, Roni; Baldocchi, Dennis; Bonan, Gordon; Caldeira, Ken; Diffenbaugh, Noah; Field, Christopher B.; Hungate, Bruce A.; Jobbagy, Esteban G.; Kueppers, Lara M.; Nosetto, Marcelo D.; Pataki, Diane. 2008. Protecting climate with forests. Environmental Research Letters. Vol: 3. Pages 044006.
Journal Article Lu, Yaqiong; Kueppers, Lara M. 2012. Surface energy partitioning over four dominant vegetation types across the United States in a coupled regional climate model (Weather Research and Forecasting Model 3-Community Land Model 3.5). Journal of Geophysical Research. Vol: 117. Pages D06111. (Online version)
Journal Article Zhao, Kaiguang; Jackson, Robert B. 2014. Biophysical forcings of land-use changes from potential forestry activities in North America. Ecological Monographs. Vol: 84(2). Pages 329-353.