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Workshop on assessments of National Carbon Budgets within the Nordic Region

Current status and sensitivity to changes

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The three-day workshop organized by the three Nordic research projects, ECOCLIM, LAGGE and SnowCarbo brought together scientists and other actors from Nordic countries to communicate and discuss research on carbon budget estimations in the Nordic region. Through presentations of most recent research in the field and following scientific discussions, the workshop contributed to strengthen the scientific basis of the identification and quantification of major natural carbon sinks in the Nordic region on which integrated climate change abatement and management strategies and policy decisions is formed from. This report summarizes presentations and discussions from the four thematic sessions, Observations of carbon sinks and sources, Modeling the carbon budget, Remote sensing data for carbon modeling, and Impacts of future climate and land use scenarios and gives an overview of the current status and knowledge on research on assessments of national carbon budgets as well as on projections and sensitivity to future changes in e.g. management and climate change in the Nordic Region.

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Keynote: Greenhouse gas inventories with focus on Land- Use and Land-Use Change

The international regulation of issues related to climate change, e.g. emission of greenhouse gases, is done within the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). There are different requirements in terms of reporting of greenhouse gas emissions and only 37 countries have reduction commitments under the Kyoto Protocol (KP). The reporting under the UNFCCC and accounting under the KP only includes anthropogenic emissions. For most activities this is straight forward such as fuel combustion, agriculture and waste treatment. However, when it comes to land-use and land-use changes, it is more difficult to assess which emissions/removals are anthropogenic.

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