The global carbon cycle is a key biogeochemical cycle that controls Earth's climate and life. Since the beginning of direct high-precision atmospheric carbon dioxide (CO2) measurements on Mauna Loa and the South Pole more than 50 years ago, scientific interest into the study of the global carbon cycle and its perturbations by man and climate has increased dramatically. The recognition by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change of carbon dioxide as a major driver behind the current and future warming of the world climate and the subsequent establishment of international initiatives to curb carbon dioxide emissions, such as the Kyoto protocol and the Copenhagen Accord, has further greatly intensified global carbon cycle research into understanding the changing carbon cycle in the past, present and future, as well as carbon management strategies for sustainable development. Since 1981 the worldwide scientific community meets every four years at an international conference for an exchange of the latest knowledge and to gain a better understanding on the multitude of interdisciplinary aspects of the global carbon cycle. After the previous conferences held in Bern, Switzerland (1981), Kandersteg, Switzerland (1985), Hinterzarten, Germany (1989), Carqueiranne, France (1993), Cairns, Australia (1997), Sendai, Japan (2001), Broomfield, USA (2005:http://www.esrl.noaa.gov/gmd/icdc7/), Jena, Germany (2009: http://icdc8.org ), the 9th International Carbon Dioxide Conference will take place in Beijing, China, June 3-7, 2013.
1. Past and present changes and variabilities
Quantification, processes, and attribution of carbon cycle trends and variabilities from the deep to the recent past
2. Carbon sources and sinks, their changes and trends
Spatial and temporal characteristics of CO2 emissions from fossil fuel, land use, and other sources
Anthropogenic emissions from production, consumption, trade, countries, regions and cities
Understanding changes in carbon sources and sinks and their natural and anthropogenic drivers
Closing the carbon budget: from global to regional scales
3. Direct and indirect effects of high CO2 concentration in a warmer world
Ocean acidification and other effects
Carbon cycle vulnerabilities
4. Future of the carbon cycle and climate
Projection of emissions: fossil fuel, land use, etc.
Carbon management and carbon sequestration for climate change mitigation/adaptation and sustainable development
The format of the conference will consist of a main line of invited and selected plenary presentations covering all fields of global carbon cycle research. Several extended poster sessions and a few parallel sessions on specific topics will complement the plenary. Participants will be asked to submit an abstract, which will be compiled into an electronic abstract volume prior to the conference and made available to all participants. A special interlinked issue with journals ESD, ACP and BG will be published for conference related papers.