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Coastal CARbon Synthesis (CCARS) Community Workshop

This workshop on CCARS (Coastal CARbon Synthesis) represents the culminating activity of a long-term U.S. coastal carbon budgeting effort, a collaborative effort between the Ocean Carbon & Biogeochemistry (OCB) Program and the North American Carbon Program (NACP) that has been supported by NASA and NSF. The purpose of the workshop is to:

  • present draft carbon budgets to the community for final refinement, and
  • develop a community plan for future research activities to improve our understanding of carbon cycling in coastal waters

The workshop will be held August 19-21, 2014 at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution in Woods Hole, MA. We will be able to provide some travel support for interested participants.  Registration has now closed.

The contribution of coastal margins to regional and global carbon budgets is not well understood, largely due to limited information about the magnitude, spatial distribution, and temporal variability of carbon sources and sinks in coastal waters. Building on recommendations put forth during the 2005 North American Continental Margins (NACM) Synthesis and Planning Workshop and progress made since then, OCB has been collaborating with NACP on a Coastal Carbon Synthesis Activity to stimulate the synthesis of observational and modeling results on carbon cycle fluxes and processes along the North American continental margins. This activity has been divided geographically into five regions: East Coast, West Coast, Gulf of Mexico, Arctic, and Great Lakes. This synthesis activity kicked off in December 2010 with a community workshop, during which participants started compiling relevant information, including data sets, process studies, and modeling resources that could be helpful in developing and refining regional coastal carbon budgets. Since this workshop, smaller regionally focused teams have collaborated via a series of meetings to gather data to improve coastal carbon flux estimates, including air-sea, land-ocean, sediment-water, cross-shelf, and biological fluxes (primary production, respiration, etc.). Outcomes of these meetings have included regional carbon budgets, process-focused research papers, and recommendations for future research and observational investments.

Objectives and Outcomes
This culminating community workshop will gather interested members of the community to share the outcomes of the regional CCARS activities, discuss major gaps in coastal ocean research and observational coverage, and develop core recommendations for a science plan to help agencies prioritize future investments in coastal carbon cycle research. This science plan will be the primary outcome of the workshop, to be developed by regional team leaders and workshop organizers with input from workshop participants and the broader community.

Last updated: May 16, 2014