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Some aspects of understanding changes in the global carbon cycleThe collective character of carbon exchanges between the atmosphere and other pools is partially revealed by comparing the record of CO2 concentration beginning in 1958 with estimates of the releases from fossil fuels during this period. In analyzing the secular increase in CO2 concentration induced by fossil fuel use, the atmosphere is generally treated as a single well-mixed reservoir; however, to study finer structure in the CO2 records, the influence of atmospheric circulation must be more carefully considered. The rate of carbon uptake by the oceans, the primary sink for fossil fuel CO2, is assessed more reliably than influences on the atmosphere due to interactions with other pools. Models of the global carbon cycle are being substantially refined while data that reflect the response of the cycle to fossil fuel use and other perturbations are being extended.
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Acquisition Source
Legacy CDMS
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Emanuel, W. R.
(Oak Ridge National Lab. TN, United States)
Moore, B., III
(Oak Ridge National Lab. TN, United States)
Shugart, H. H.
(Oak Ridge National Lab. TN, United States)
Date Acquired
August 12, 2013
Publication Date
January 15, 1984
Publication Information
Publication: JPL The interaction of Global Biochemical Cycles
Subject Category
Meteorology And Climatology
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Work of the US Gov. Public Use Permitted.

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