The 2011 US Carbon Cycle Plan


1st January 2012.

Posted by Aslam Khalil

Dear Colleagues, I have recently registered as a member of MethaneNet in the hope that I can be of service to this community. Last year I was given membership in the CCSSG (Carbon Cycle Science Steering Group) which is an arm of the US government’s USGCRP (United States Global Change Research Program). My membership provides a voice for methane research as well as other aspects of the carbon cycle.

The CCSSG meets twice a year in Washington D.C. to provide a link between scientists, policy makers and funding agencies. Its membership reflects this mix. Recently, the USGCRP released the new US carbon cycle plan. My main purpose in writing to you is to inform you of the plan and encourage you to look at it as it may provide benefits in acquiring grants, working with US scientists if you are elsewhere, and possibly providing another context for your research. The plan was purposely crafted to be general and covers wide ranging issues including the role of methane in the carbon cycle and its contribution to global change science. The Plan has a number of key goals: It affirms the need for basic research, expands its scope and recommends priorities. The Plan argues for the integration of human dimensions with the science and technology of global change and encourages plans to manage carbon emissions. Finally The Plan promotes ideas for verifying the results of policies to mitigate global change and providing close links to inform our society of the scientific results.

Electronic copies of “A U.S. Carbon Cycle Science Plan” are available at Printed copies or copies on CD can be requested from the U.S Carbon Cycle Science Program Office; contact Director Roger Hanson ( or Program Coordinator Gyami Shrestha (

I plan to post relevant updates from the CCSSG meetings on MethaneNet and will be very pleased to take your thoughts or concerns to the CCSSG. My contact information is listed below:

M.A.K.Khalil, PhD Professor Department of Physics Portland State University P.O.Box 751 Portland, Oregon 97207 E-Mail: Phone: (503) 725-8396