Title State of the Carbon Cycle Report (SOCCR)
Type Research Project
Abstract The Carbon Cycle chapter of the Strategic Plan for the U.S. Climate Change Science Program (CCSP) describes a plan to produce "a series of increasingly comprehensive and informative reports about the status and trends of carbon emissions and sequestration," each to be called a State of the Carbon Cycle Report (SOCCR). The Carbon Cycle Interagency Working Group's (CCIWG) Terms of Reference (TOR) for a first SOCCR envisions "a series of reports on the state of the carbon cycle designed to provide accurate, unbiased, and policy-relevant scientific information concerning the carbon cycle to a broad range of stakeholders. The two broad objectives for a SOCCR are: (1) to summarize scientific knowledge about carbon cycle properties and changes, and (2) to provide scientific information for decision support and policy formulation concerning carbon." The first SOCCR will be a prototype report focused on North America.
Participants Lisa Dilling
Anthony King
Adam Rose
Tom Wilbanks
Richard (Skee) Houghton
David Fairman
Greg Zimmerman
Linda Mearns
(and many others as authors)
Start Date 9/15/2004
Funders NASA
Keywords carbon cycle
Research Themes Assessment Methods, Products and Tools
Use of Scientific Information in Decision Processes


"Because the pathway to sustainability cannot be charted in advance, it will have to be navigated through trial and error and conscious experimentation. The urgent need is to design strategies and institutions that can better integrate incomplete knowledge with experimental action into programs of adaptive management and social learning."
NRC, Our Common Journey (1999)