National Centre for Earth Observation (NCEO) - Carbon Cycles

The goal of the National Centre for Earth Observation (NCEO) project is to understand physical and biological processes involving the carbon cycle, in order to predict changes in carbon exchange at the Earth's surface.

Understanding the role of the carbon cycle in the Earth system is crucial. The carbon cycle comprises a sequence of events that are key to making the Earth capable of sustaining life; it describes the movement of carbon as it is recycled and reused throughout all Earthly ecosystems. It is closely coupled to greenhouse gas induced climate change, the water cycle, marine and land productivity and biodiversity. Through better understanding of the interaction of physical and biological processes in the carbon cycle and climate, the NCEO project aims to enhance our ability to predict future changes in carbon fluxes and reservoirs.

We are a key theme leader in the monitoring, diagnosis and prediction of the global carbon cycle within the NCEO project.


This project has been completed

Key information

Funder: Natural Environment Research Council (NERC), University of Reading, NCEO

Project start date: October 2014

Project end date: March 2016

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Professor Icarus Allen
Chief Executive

Other participants

Dr Giorgio Dall'Olmo, Dr Shubha Sathyendranath, Dr Stefano Ciavatta