National Academies seeks members for carbon report review panel

SOCCR-2 focuses on scientific understanding of U.S. and North American carbon cycle stocks and fluxes in context of global-scale budgets.

A new ad hoc committee of the National Academies will conduct an independent review of the second "State of the Carbon Cycle Report" (SOCCR-2) draft report, which will be available in early 2017.

The Carbon Cycle Interagency Working Group, via the U.S. Carbon Cycle Science Program under the auspices the U.S. Global Change Research Program, is leading the development of SOCCR-2 as a product of the Sustained National Climate Assessment. The National Academies committee will conduct this review concurrent with the public review period and will produce a report.

The focus of SOCCR-2 is on the scientific understanding of U.S. and North American carbon cycle stocks and fluxes in the context of global-scale budgets.

The National Academies is seeking individuals to serve on the review committee who have expertise in key areas addressed in SOCCR-2, including:

* The carbon cycle and budget for the land (e.g., soil, forests, grasslands and permafrost), water (e.g., oceans, wetlands and estuaries) and atmosphere;

* Carbon cycle dimensions of energy systems, agriculture, forestry and urban systems;

* The consequences of rising carbon dioxide levels (e.g., ocean acidification);

* Carbon cycle modeling and future projections, and

* Related social, economic and behavioral sciences.

The deadline to submit nominations is Jan. 20, 2017. Find out more and submit nominations here.

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