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    Successful management of carbon dioxide (CO2) requires robust and sustained carbon cycle observations. Yet key elements of a national observation network are lacking or at risk. A U.S. National Research Council review of the U.S. Climate Change Science Program earlier this year highlighted the critical need for a U.S. climate observing system to meet requirements of mitigation policies for improved carbon cycle observations. This Forum highlights the most significant gaps and threats to carbon cycle observations--including observations from satellites; in situ observations of land, ocean, and aquatic systems; and direct atmospheric measurements--and suggests ways to improve the U.S. national effort.

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    Birdsey, Richard; Bates, Nick; Behrenfeld, MIke; Davis, Kenneth; Doney, Scott C.; Feely, Richard; Hansell, Dennis; Heath, Linda; et al., null. 2009. Carbon cycle observations: gaps threaten climate mitigation policies. Eos. 90(34): 292-293. DUPLICATE.

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