CALIPSO

Welcome to CALIPSO (Carbon Loss In Plants, Soils and Oceans) the groundbreaking initiative that aims to transform our understanding of carbon loss in plants, soils, and oceans under the influence of climate change.

The overall objective of CALIPSO is to take a giant leap in the representation of carbon loss processes in ESMs, focusing on three critical knowledge gaps in the global carbon cycle.

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Tree Biomass

Accurately predicting mortality and carbon losses during drought and fire events, harnessing revolutionary new satellite data and ML techniques

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Soil Carbon

Advancing our understanding of C decay, recycling processes, and nutrient stoichiometric limitations in soils and their impact on carbon stocks

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Marine Biota

Investigating the efficiency of diverse soil microbial communities in decomposing organic matter and the recycling and deep export of carbon by diverse virus and zooplankton

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The overall objective of CALIPSO is to take a giant leap in the representation of carbon loss processes in ESMs, focusing on three critical knowledge gaps in the global carbon cycle.

Open

Tree Biomass

Accurately predicting mortality and carbon losses during drought and fire events, harnessing revolutionary new satellite data and Machine Learning (ML) techniques.

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Open

Soil Carbon

Advancing our understanding of carbon decay, recycling processes, and nutrient stoichiometric limitations in soils and their impact on carbon stocks.

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Open

Marine Biota

Investigating the efficiency of diverse marine microbial communities in decomposing organic matter and the recycling and deep export of carbon by diverse virus and zooplankton communities.

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Cross challenges and integration

Research in Focus

Central African biomass carbon loss counterbalanced by carbon gains during 2010-2019

New publication in One Earth by Zhao et al. in March 2024

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Understanding the Climate Change Challenge

The fate of carbon emissions from fossil fuel burning and deforestation plays a critical role in determining atmospheric CO2 levels and, consequently, climate change. Earth System Models (ESMs) project a non-linear response of the natural carbon cycle, which weakens both land and ocean sinks in response to warming. This leads to a steeper rise in atmospheric CO2, but the magnitude of this amplifying carbon-climate feedback varies significantly among current ESMs, hindering accurate climate projection.

CALIPSO’s vision is to drive scientific progress, empower better climate projections, and provide essential insights into the complex relationship between climate change and carbon loss. Join us on this journey towards a sustainable and climate-resilient future.

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