assessment modeling; and on disaster preparedness). It was finally decided, however, that it would be more useful at present to treat the USGCRP’s carbon cycle researchers as the primary audience. The workshop was therefore organized to focus on a small number of issues that are already recognized as important by this group and for which the relevance of the social sciences is readily apparent. A possible outcome was that the carbon cycle research effort would move in directions that would encompass such issues. The workshop did not attempt to develop or even outline a comprehensive research agenda on human interactions with the carbon cycle.

Thus, the workshop, which was held in Washington on November 5, 2001, addressed the following three substantive topics (see the Appendix for the agenda and a list of the participants):

  • The future of fossil fuel consumption

  • Carbon implications of future land use/land cover transformation

  • Modeling human interactions with the carbon cycle.

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