Articles | Volume 16, issue 3
Biogeosciences, 16, 831–846, 2019
https://doi.org/10.5194/bg-16-831-2019

Special issue: The 10th International Carbon Dioxide Conference (ICDC10)...

Biogeosciences, 16, 831–846, 2019
https://doi.org/10.5194/bg-16-831-2019

Research article 14 Feb 2019

Research article | 14 Feb 2019

Towards a more complete quantification of the global carbon cycle

Miko U. F. Kirschbaum et al.

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AR: Author's response | RR: Referee report | ED: Editor decision
ED: Publish subject to minor revisions (review by editor) (17 Jan 2019) by Paul Stoy
AR by Miko Kirschbaum on behalf of the Authors (17 Jan 2019)  Author's response    Manuscript
ED: Publish as is (18 Jan 2019) by Paul Stoy
AR by Miko Kirschbaum on behalf of the Authors (19 Jan 2019)  Author's response

Post-review adjustments

AA: Author's adjustment | EA: Editor approval
AA by Miko Kirschbaum on behalf of the Authors (08 Feb 2019)   Author's adjustment  
EA: Adjustments approved (11 Feb 2019) by Paul Stoy
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Globally, C is added to the atmosphere from fossil fuels and deforestation, balanced by ocean uptake and atmospheric increase. The difference (residual sink) is equated to plant uptake. But this omits cement carbonation; transport to oceans by dust; riverine organic C and volatile organics; and increased C in plastic, bitumen, wood, landfills, and lakes. Their inclusion reduces the residual sink from 3.6 to 2.1 GtC yr-1 and thus the inferred ability of the biosphere to alter human C emissions.
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