The overarching aim of the CarboEurope-IP is to understand and quantify the terrestrial carbon balance of Europe and associated uncertainties at local, regional and continental scale .
In order to achieve this strategic objective, the project addresses the following topics and associated questions:
”The European Carbon Balance” What is the carbon balance of the European continent and its geographical pattern, and how does it change over time?
”Processes and Modelling” What are the controlling mechanisms of carbon cycling in European ecosystems? How do external parameters such as climate change and variability, and changing land management affect the European carbon balance?
”Detection of Kyoto” Can the effective CO2 reduction in the atmosphere in response to fossil fuel emission reduction and enhanced carbon sequestration on land be detected in the context of the Kyoto commitments of Europe?
”The European Carbon Balance”
”Processes and Modelling”
”Detection of Kyoto ”
The Main Objectives are met by organising the IP into four "Components" ( Figure 1) that deal with
All these Components interact and require additional cross-cutting information. The joint aim is to estimate the European carbon balance in the recent past and present (Figure 2).
|Figure 1 Graphical representation of the main objectives and their implementation as ”Components” of the Integrated Project||Figure 2 Logic of the flow of data and knowledge in the multiple constraint approach of CarboEurope-IP|
The objectives of these Components as based on the Main Objectives are listed below. In order to meet the Main Objectives, the Components are assigned to meet Specific Objectives. We refer to the linkage with the Main Objectives (MO) in brackets. Means to achieve the Specific Objectives are given for each objective.
Component 1: Ecosystem carbon budget and its driving forces ("Ecosystem")
Component 2: Continental carbon budget and its driving forces ("Atmosphere")
Component 3: Regional carbon budget and its driving forces ("Regional Experiment")
Component 4: Integration of Scales and Carbon Data Assimilation Methods ("Continental Scale Integration")
updated by Yvonne Hofmann,