An Introduction to the Carbon Cycle and Ecosystem Interactions:
Global and Regional Trends

Chris Swanston

Presented by Chris Swanston

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Topics in this presentation:

  • The Global Carbon Cycle
  • Learning Objectives
  • Carbon Terms and Units- Stocks, Fluxes, Density
  • Global Carbon Distribution- Soil and Vegetation
  • Live Above and Below Vegetation
  • Soil Organic Carbon to 1 Meter Depth
  • Soil and Vegetation
  • Global Carbon Stocks- Soil and Vegetation
  • Global Carbon Fluxes- Forest Carbon Balances
  • Global Carbon Fluxes- Net Sources and Sinks
  • Fluxes to / from Atmosphere
  • Fate of Anthropogenic Carbon Dioxide
  • Then What?

Chris Swanston is a research ecologist in the Northern Research Station of the U.S. Forest Service, and serves as the director of the Northern Institute of Applied Climate Science (NIACS). His primary scientific interest is in carbon biogeochemistry, specializing in the use of densimetric techniques and carbon isotope analysis to better assess carbon stability and flux. In his role as NIACS director, he leads a highly productive team that focuses on climate change adaptation and carbon management. Dr. Swanston also serves on the Science Steering Group of the North American Carbon Program, and as chair of the Science Steering Group of the National Soil Carbon Network.