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Robert C. Harriss
Environmental and Societal Impacts Group National Center for Atmospheric Research
 
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One must still have chaos in oneself to be able to give birth to a dancing star.
– Nietzsche
 

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The North American Carbon Program Plan (NACP)

The North American Carbon Program PlanIt is currently very difficult to develop policies for global climate change because of unresolved scientific uncertainties, especially about the sources and sinks of the two most important greenhouse gases, carbon dioxide and methane. These gases are the major causes of changes in atmospheric composition that may force climate change. Policy and decision makers would like to know with a high level of confidence what would be the likely outcomes of actions affecting the carbon cycle, and these gases in particular. They want to avoid surprises and unintended consequences. This is not yet possible in considering climate change. The North American Carbon Program (NACP) will provide scientific information critical to reducing uncertainties, helping to pave the way for effective, efficient policies. The knowledge that will be gained in the NACP program will provide a strong scientific underpinning to inform future policy decisions involving the carbon cycle, such as managing carbon sources and sinks by efficient and effective options that reduce emissions or enhance carbon sinks.

For more information about the North American Carbon Program Plan (NACP), visit the following websites:

The North American Carbon Program Plan (NACP) A Report of the Committee of the U.S. Carbon Cycle Science Steering Group
A plan for carbon cycle research focused on measuring and understanding sources and sinks of CO2, CH4, and CO in North America and adjacent oceans. The plan outlines how to implement a principal recommendation of the U.S. Carbon Cycle Science Plan (1999).

The North American Carbon Program Workshop
This site documents the Workshop on the North American Carbon Program (NACP) held at the National Center for Atmospheric Research, September 5-7, 2001.

The NCAR GIS Initiative

The NCAR GIS InitiativeGeographic Information Systems (GIS) are powerful software technologies for analyzing spatial data, used widely throughout universities, research centers, governmental agencies, and private industries. The ability of GIS technology to integrate different data types (e.g., biophysical, geophysical, socioeconomic, meteorological, etc.) and from different sources, to analyze data, and to present results in an appropriate manner for decision making has led to GIS being a common tool in many organizations. The realization that GIS and related tools may be crucial to the fusion, analysis, and communication of NCAR science internally and to the outside community led to the creation of the GIS Advisory Group. Currently, the group includes the following members: Olga Wilhelmi (ESIG), Janice Coen (MMM/RAP), Bob Harriss (ESIG), Tim Kittel (CGD), Don Middleton (SCD), Jim Moore (JOSS), Ron Murdock (JOSS), Ron Ruth (ATD), Gerry Wiener (RAP), and David Yates (RAP). To provide a better understanding of the geographic information science and state-of-the-art technology for NCAR scientific staff, the GIS Advisory Group proposed for NCAR to host a series of seminars, to be followed by a workshop.

For more information about the GIS Initiative, visit the following website:

NCAR GIS Initiative Website
This website was created as an information source about the NCAR Geographic Information Systems Initiative and activities (e.g., workshop and seminars) associated with the initiative.

 

Contact Information:

 
Dr. Robert C. Harriss
Environmental and Societal Impacts Group
National Center for Atmospheric Research
PO Box 3000,   Boulder, CO. 80301
Tel: 303-497-8106
Fax: 303-497-8125
Web: www.esig.ucar.edu
Email: harriss@ucar.edu