New State of the Carbon Cycle Report (SOCCR2) Website Released on Earth Day

April 22, 2019
Washington, D.C.

The new State of the Carbon Cycle Report (SOCCR2) site was released on Earth Day:

https://carbon2018.globalchange.gov


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NIFA’s Ali Mohamed, division director, division of environmental systems, Gyami Shrestha with the Carbon Cycle Interagency Working Group, and NIFA’s Nancy Cavallaro, national program leader, division of global climate change celebrate Earth Day at the USDA’s South Building cafeteria.
 
The new SOCCR2 site is equipped with a new design and many new user-friendly and interactive features including:
- Full content of report now available as web content, in addition to downloadable PDFs;
- Sections and figures including links for direct sharing via social media;
- Full metadata accessible for figures and tables, as powered by the USGCRP Global Change Information System (GCIS);
- Enhanced full search capabilities within the entire 878page assessment document.

Incorporating 19 chapters distributed across four interconnected sections  (I. Synthesis, II. Human Dimensions of the Carbon Cycle, III. State of Air, Land, and Water, IV. Consequences and Ways Forward), SOCCR2 assesses the last decade of cross-sectoral carbon cycle advances across the U.S., Canada and Mexico in the global context. This 878 pages decadal interagency U.S. Government assessment involved over 200 diverse experts from multiple nations working together over 3 years, producing over 6 drafts that collectively underwent over 6 rounds of formal reviews by diverse stakeholders including the U.S. National Academy of Sciences, the general public and 13 federal agencies and departments before its release. 

Recommended citation for this special decadal assessment of North American Carbon Cycle:

USGCRP, 2018: Second State of the Carbon Cycle Report (SOCCR2): A Sustained Assessment Report. [Cavallaro, N., G. Shrestha, R. Birdsey, M. A. Mayes, R. G. Najjar, S. C. Reed, P. Romero-Lankao, and Z. Zhu (eds.)]. U.S. Global Change Research Program, Washington, DC, USA, 878 pp., doi: 10.7930/SOCCR2.2018



An excerpt from the Assessment:
'...Central to life on Earth, carbon is essential to the molecular makeup of all living things and plays a key role in regulating global climate. To understand carbon’s role in these processes, researchers measure and evaluate carbon stocks and fluxes. A stock is the quantity of carbon contained in a pool or reservoir in the Earth system (e.g., carbon in forest trees), and a flux is the direction and rate of carbon’s transfer between pools (e.g., the movement of carbon from the atmosphere into forest trees during photosynthesis). This document, the Second State of the Carbon Cycle Report (SOCCR2), examines the patterns of carbon stocks and fluxes—collectively called the “carbon cycle.” Emphasis is given to these patterns in specific sectors (e.g., agriculture and energy) and ecosystems (e.g., forests and coastal waters) and to the response of the carbon cycle to human activity. The purpose of SOCCR2 is to assess the current state of the North American carbon cycle and to present recent advances in understanding the factors that influence it. Concentrating on North America—Canada, the United States, and Mexico—the report describes carbon cycling for air, land, inland waters (streams, rivers, lakes, and reservoirs), and coastal waters....'
Report Cover Figure: North American carbon cycling illustration, courtesy Ron Oden, University of Nevada, Reno.  This graphic represents the dynamic nature of carbon stocks and fluxes in the United States, Canada, and Mexico described in the Second State of the Carbon Cycle Report.


 Report Cover Figure: North American carbon cycling illustration, courtesy Ron Oden, University of Nevada, Reno.

This graphic represents the dynamic nature of carbon stocks and fluxes in the United States, Canada, and Mexico described in the Second State of the Carbon Cycle Report.


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