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Welcome to the NACP Coastal Carbon Interim Synthesis Wiki.  Anyone may read these pages; if you wish to write contributions, please contact the wiki administrator to obtain editing permission.


Regional Coastal Carbon Synthesis wiki pages 

East Coast (including Gulf of Maine)

West Coast 

Gulf of Mexico 


Great Lakes




From: Alberto Vieira Borges [mailto:alberto.borges@ulg.ac.be]

Sent: Thursday, July 09, 2009 10:15 AM

Subject: Oceanobs'09 Coastal C CWP on-line


Dear colleagues

The CWP “A Global Sea Surface Carbon Observing System: Inorganic and Organic Carbon Dynamics In Coastal Oceans” has now been published on-line for review and comments in the Oceanobs’09 web site:  http://www.oceanobs09.net/blog/?p=624


Thank you very much for your input

Best regards



Alberto V. Borges

University of Liège

Interfacultary Center for Marine Research (MARE)

Chemical Oceanography Unit

Institut de Physique (B5)

Allée du 6 Août, 17

B-4000 Liège


PH: +32-4-3663187 FX: +32-4-3663367





Update on Coastal Synthesis Activities

The objective of the NACP coastal synthesis activities is to stimulate the synthesis and publication of recent observational and modeling results on carbon cycle fluxes and processes along the North American continental margin, a critical unknown in the North American carbon budget. NACP/OCB researchers presented preliminary findings of the coastal synthesis at the 2009 2nd NACP All-Investigators Meeting February 17-20, 2009 in San Diego, CA. A plenary session on the coastal synthesis included talks describing activities on the east, west, and Gulf of Mexico coasts, as well as applications of in situ optical and remotely sensed data in characterizing regional carbon dynamics. Participants of a coastal interim synthesis planning session developed a tentative road map that included some rudimentary goals for the coastal synthesis activity:


Phase 1. Regional Carbon Budgets

The first phase of the coastal synthesis will be to develop a carbon budget for each region based on a compilation of existing data, which will require literature searches, web searches of databases, etc. The following participants have volunteered to take the lead with this activity, although full community participation is welcome and encouraged:


East coast – Ray Najjar, Marjy Friedrichs

West coast – Simone Alin, Burke Hales

Gulf of Mexico – Steve Lohrenz, Paula Coble

Great Lakes – Galen McKinley


Phase 2. Community Modeling and Database Development

The second phase of the coastal synthesis will involve a community modeling activity to refine regional carbon budgets. For this activity, we will engage the larger community to agree on specifics of the model-data comparison exercise. During this phase, participants will also work with data managers to develop a coastal carbon database that is readily accessible to modelers.

It is important that the regional syntheses remain consistent in the treatment of fluxes (e.g., air-sea, terrestrial-marine, sediment-water, etc.) and internal processes (e.g., primary productivity). To support the level of coordination and collaboration required for such an extensive activity, regional leaders are currently developing a proposal to obtain support for data gathering efforts and 1-2 coastal synthesis workshops over the coming year. The purpose of such workshops would be to bring the community together to identify overarching objectives, develop an evolving roadmap, and agree on data treatment and modeling procedures to insure consistency among the regional synthesis activities. A coastal synthesis update, including a general overview of activities and progress on regional carbon budget activities, is tentatively planned in conjunction with the OCB summer workshop in July 2009.


Breakout summaries from NACP All Investigators Meeting, February 2009, San Diego (requires sign in to NACP site)

     Sampling Strategies and Measurements on the East and West Coastal Environments of the US for Carbon Cycling 

               Discussion ForumChairs: Antonio Mannino, Burke Hales 


     Challenges in Modeling Coastal Ocean Carbon Cycling 

                    Discussion ForumChairs: Marjy Friedrichs, Raymond Najjar 


     Coastal Interim Synthesis Planning Session 

                    Discussion ForumChairs: Paula Coble, Simone Alin 


Teleconference Notes


Relevant literature


Recent communications



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