Carbon Digest #16: CDR Activities, U.S. Carbon Program Leadership Awardees and final Carbon Digest from the Director

September 30, 2022


This month encapsulates much of what the U.S. Carbon Cycle Science Program is all about. Many of us participated in the Ocean Carbon and Biogeochemistry (OCB) Program’s Marine CDR workshop which ended today. We are planning multiple new activities with the North American Carbon Program (NACP), as highlighted below. Furthermore, I had the pleasure of participating in a NASA Carbon Monitoring System (CMS) Stakeholders’ Workshop panel, providing my perspective on Monitoring, Measurements, Reporting and Verification (MMRV) and Carbon Dioxide Removal (CDR), in the context of the future of interagency carbon monitoring. The figure below is from my presentation, illustrating how community-led science plans, interagency USGCRP Strategic Plans and U.S. National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine (NASEM) reports have influenced our activities historically and recently. For instance, the establishment of the U.S. Carbon Cycle Science Program by the Carbon Cycle Interagency Working Group (CCIWG) in 1999 was prompted by the 1999 US Carbon Cycle Science Plan. Similarly, NASEM reports and recommendations on CDR and Climate Interventions have informed our recent interagency CDR efforts with the science community, some of which are highlighted in this Carbon Digest. Additionally, many of you were part of the three-year development of the decadal Second State of the Carbon Cycle Report (SOCCR2). This special USGCRP Sustained Assessment involved >200 multinational federal and non-federal experts (see photo), and included six reviews by the U.S. National Academy of Sciences and the public, and final clearance by 13 federal agencies. Addressing critical gaps on carbon observations, budget and societal interactions across North America, the 900-page report covered 19 cross-connected systems or themes and has now garnered thousands of users from over 179 nations, informing local to global science and policies. 


Finally, this will be the last Carbon Digest that you will be receiving from me. After 11 years, I am transitioning away from the U.S. Carbon Cycle Science Program and the Carbon Cycle Interagency Working Group (CCIWG), starting Oct 1, 2022. If you'd like to stay in touch, feel free to connect with me via myLinkedIn orTwitter accounts. 

With much appreciation to all of you

Gyami Shrestha, Ph.D., Director, U.S. Carbon Cycle Science Program Office, Washington, D.C., USA (ancestral lands of the Anacostans, Piscataway, Pamunkey, Nentego, Mattaponi, Chickahominy, Monacan, Powhatan peoples)


In this Carbon Digest: 


CDR Sessions and Town Hall at AGU in December


New Leadership Award Winners


CDR Academy Announcement and Workshop Update

C-saw Time domain controls on carbon storage, release, and transformation in coastal and estuarine waters following extreme events. An OCB Scoping Workshop


Call for Papers for “Quantifying Nature-based Climate Solutions”


America’s component of the 4th Carbon from Space workshop



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