Operational Global Carbon Observing System

    Project: EU research project

    Project Details


    Today, countries use a wide variety of methods to monitor the carbon cycle and it is difficult to compare data
    country to country and to get a clear global picture. The current global observational and modelling capabilities
    allow us to produce estimates of carbon budget at different level (from local to global) but many uncertainties still
    remain. Decision makers need now more than ever systematic, consistent and transparent data, information and
    tools for an independent and reliable verification process of greenhouse gas emissions and sinks. Therefore
    higher quality and quantity of CO2 and CH4 data, from different domains and with an enhanced spatial and
    temporal resolution, need to be collected by a globally integrated observation and analysis system. This can be
    obtained by the coordinated Global Carbon Observation and Analysis System that this project aims at designing,
    addressing the climate targets of the Group on Earth Observations (GEO) toward building a Global Earth
    Observation System of Systems (GEOSS) for carbon.
    Specific objectives of the GEOCARBON project are:
    • Provide an aggregated set of harmonized global carbon data information (integrating the land, ocean,
    atmosphere and human dimension)
    • Develop improved Carbon Cycle Data Assimilation Systems (CCDAS)
    • Define the specifications for an operational Global Carbon Observing System
    • Provide improved regional carbon budgets of Amazon and Central Africa
    • Provide comprehensive and synthetic information on the annual sources and sinks of CO2 for the globe
    and for large ocean and land regions
    • Improve the assessment of global CH4 sources and sinks and develop the CH4 observing system
    • Provide an economic assessment of the value of an enhanced Global Carbon Observing System
    • Strengthen the effectiveness of the European (and global) Carbon Community participation in the GEO
    Effective start/end date1/10/1131/12/14

    Research Output

    Extending the baseline of tropical dry forest loss in Ghana (1984–2015) reveals drivers of major deforestation inside a protected area

    Janssen, T. A. J., Ametsitsi, G. K. D., Collins, M., Adu-Bredu, S., Oliveras, I., Mitchard, E. T. A. & Veenendaal, E. M., 1 Feb 2018, In : Biological Conservation. 218, p. 163-172

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

    Open Access
  • 13 Citations (Scopus)

    Field methods for sampling tree height for tropical forest biomass estimation

    Sullivan, M. J. P., Lewis, S. L., Hubau, W., Qie, L., Baker, T. R., Banin, L. F., Chave, J., Cuni-Sanchez, A., Feldpausch, T. R., Lopez-Gonzalez, G., Arets, E., Ashton, P., Bastin, J. F., Berry, N. J., Bogaert, J., Boot, R., Brearley, F. Q., Brienen, R., Burslem, D. F. R. P., de Canniere, C. & 29 others, Chudomelová, M., Dančák, M., Ewango, C., Hédl, R., Lloyd, J., Makana, J. R., Malhi, Y., Marimon, B. S., Junior, B. H. M., Metali, F., Moore, S., Nagy, L., Vargas, P. N., Pendry, C. A., Ramírez-Angulo, H., Reitsma, J., Rutishauser, E., Salim, K. A., Sonké, B., Sukri, R. S., Sunderland, T., Svátek, M., Umunay, P. M., Martinez, R. V., Vernimmen, R. R. E., Torre, E. V., Vleminckx, J., Vos, V. & Phillips, O. L., May 2018, In : Methods in Ecology and Evolution. 9, 5, p. 1179-1189

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

    Open Access
  • 22 Citations (Scopus)

    The decadal state of the terrestrial carbon cycle: Global retrievals of terrestrial carbon allocation, pools, and residence times

    van der Velde, I. R., Bloom, J., Exbrayat, J., Feng, L. & Williams, M., 2016, In : Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America. 113, 5, p. 1285-1290

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

    Open Access
  • 95 Citations (Scopus)