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Carbon Cycle & Ecosystems

The North American Carbon Program (NACP) is a multidisciplinary research program to obtain scientific understanding of North America's carbon sources and sinks and of changes in carbon stocks required to evaluate societal needs and to provide tools for decision makers. The NACP Science Plan calls for an unprecedented level of coordination among observational, experimental, and modeling efforts for the terrestrial, oceanic, atmospheric, and human components of the carbon cycle. At the core of the NACP research strategy is a thematic data center for modeling and synthesis that will enable researchers to provide, understand, use, and analyze large volumes of diverse data at multiple thematic, temporal, and spatial scales.

The Modeling and Synthesis Thematic Data Center (MAST-DC) is designed to assemble and distribute critical carbon flux and biomass observations, along with model input and output data for ecosystem process (bottom-up) and inverse (top-down) modeling. We are submitting this renewal proposal to continue and expand key tasks of the Modeling and Synthesis Thematic Data Center (MAST-DC) as an integral component of NACP and to support NACP by providing data, services, and an integrative analysis infrastructure needed for modeling.

The overall objective of this renewal proposal is to actively lead, facilitate, and engage NACP investigators in synthesis activities and to continue advanced data management support to NACP modeling and synthesis in a period of rapidly expanding activity within the NACP. We will closely work and coordinate with the NACP science teams and synthesis activities to develop data requirements, including requirements for data uncertainty. Based on these requirements, we will assemble and provide data products for modeling and synthesis in common grids, projections, and formats, using standard parameter names and units. As appropriate, we will assist by conducting and providing tools for fundamental analyses of direct benefit to the synthesis activities. Quality issues with submitted data will be identified and corrected, through detailed analysis by multiple groups.

In this successor proposal MAST-DC, in close collaboration with the NACP community, will provide a rich source of spatially explicit data products of carbon stocks in soils, forests, and crops and of carbon sources and sinks. These products are a fundamental requirement for fulfilling the objectives of NACP.

Project PI: Robert Cook/ Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Environmental Sciences Division Oak Ridge National Laboratory Oak Ridge, TN 37831-6407

Phone: (865)574-7319

Fax: (865)574-4665



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