Progress and Future Directions in North American Carbon Cycle Science

North American Carbon Program 4th All Investigators Meeting; Albuquerque, NM, 4–7 February 2013



The North American Carbon Program (NACP) convened its fourth biennial “All Investigators” meeting (AIM4, to review progress in understanding the dynamics of the carbon cycle of North America and adjacent oceans and to chart a course for a more integrative and holistic approach to future research. The meeting was structured around the six decadal goals outlined in the new “A U.S. Carbon Cycle Science Plan” (Michalak et al., University Corporation for Atmospheric Research, 2011, available at and focused on (1) diagnosis of the atmospheric carbon cycle, (2) drivers of anthropogenic emissions, (3) vulnerability of carbon stocks to change, (4) ecosystem impacts of change, (5) carbon management, and (6) decision support.