Facilitating interdisciplinary discussion on carbon-based proxies in natural environments

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Development of Isotopic Proxies for Palaeoenvironmental Interpretation:A Carbon Perspective Workshop;Durham, UK, 8–10 May 2012 Constraining the carbon (C) cycle is important to understanding environmental processes at a range of spatial and temporal scales and requires an integrative interdisciplinary understanding of the complex and often nonlinear mechanisms that control the behavior of C isotopes in the environment. Although there is knowledge exchange among researchers, the interaction with literature outside a given researcher's field can be limited. This has led (and will continue to lead) to oversimplification; generalization of assumptions; and the adoption of mainstays, or “certain truths,” in other disciplines without detailed and rigorous examination.

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