Researchers in the Carbon Science area work to explain historical changes in atmospheric carbon dioxide levels, the nature and variability of carbon sources and sinks, and the feasibility and impacts of large-scale carbon mitigation. The work is conducted by the Pacala, Sarmiento, Bender, and Sigman Groups.
The science group's research over the past year has focused on three basic themes:
- Using a Carbon Observing System to monitor changes in carbon cycling
- Field studies of atmospheric and ocean chemistry
- Studies of ancient climate, ocean circulation and nutrient cycling