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 site will be regularly updated with commentary and materials related to the draft NACP plan. Please submit materials for addition to the site to Ms. Kathryn Skitt [firstname.lastname@example.org].
The Workshop on a North American Carbon Program (NACP) addresses goals and objectives of the U.S. Global Change Research Program (USGCRP) Carbon Cycle Science Program. The USGCRP Program is poised to provide critical unbiased scientific information on the fate of carbon dioxide in the environment to contribute to the ongoing public dialogue. The Program will also provide the scientific foundation for estimating the capacity of the land and the ocean to sequester and store the considerable quantities of carbon dioxide anticipated from human activities in the future. NACP research will be coordinated and integrated to identify and quantify regional- to continental-scale sources and sinks for carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases and to understand how these sources and sinks will function in the future, providing essential information for future predictions of the state of the Earth system.