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    High-fidelity national carbon mapping for resource management and REDD+

    Gregory P Asner, Joseph Mascaro, Christopher Anderson, David E Knapp, Roberta E Martin, Ty Kennedy-Bowdoin, Michiel van Breugel, Stuart Davies, Jefferson S Hall, Helene C Muller-Landau, Catherine Potvin, Wayne Sousa, Joseph Wright and Eldridge Bermingham

    Published on: 16 July 2013

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Aims and scope

Carbon Balance and Management is an open access, peer-reviewed online journal that encompasses all aspects of research aimed at developing a comprehensive policy relevant to the understanding of the global carbon cycle.

The global carbon cycle involves important couplings between climate, atmospheric CO2 and the terrestrial and oceanic biospheres. The current transformation of the carbon cycle due to changes in climate and atmospheric composition is widely recognized as potentially dangerous for the biosphere and for the well-being of humankind, and therefore monitoring, understanding and predicting the evolution of the carbon cycle in the context of the whole biosphere (both terrestrial and marine) is a challenge to the scientific community.

This demands interdisciplinary research and new approaches for studying geographical and temporal distributions of carbon pools and fluxes, control and feedback mechanisms of the carbon-climate system, points of intervention and windows of opportunity for managing the carbon-climate-human system.

Carbon Balance and Management is a medium for researchers in the field to convey the results of their research across disciplinary boundaries. Through this dissemination of research, the journal aims to support the work of the Intergovernmental Panel for Climate Change (IPCC) and to provide governmental and non-governmental organizations with instantaneous access to continually emerging knowledge, including paradigm shifts and consensual views.

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Dr Georgii Alexandrov is a senior research associate of the Institute of Atmospheric Physics of the Russian Academy of Sciences, with over 25 years experience conducting carbon cycle research. "In addition to its traditional role in providing diagnosis and prediction of the changes in the global carbon cycle, science has now also a role in helping society mitigate the changes by revealing the effectiveness of globally concerted actions on reducing CO2 sources and enhancing CO2 sinks. Carbon Balance and Management is the journal that helps scientists to meet this challenge"