Earth’s carbon cycle: A mathematical perspective
Author(s)Rothman, Daniel H.
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The carbon cycle represents metabolism at a global scale. When viewed through a mathematical lens, observational data suggest that the cycle exhibits an underlying mathematical structure. This review focuses on two types of emerging results: evidence of global dynamical coupling between life and the environment, and an understanding of the ways in which smaller-scale processes determine the strength of that coupling. Such insights are relevant not only to predicting future climate but also to understanding the long-term co-evolution of life and the environment.
DepartmentMassachusetts Institute of Technology. Department of Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences
Bulletin of the American Mathematical Society
American Mathematical Society (AMS)
Rothman, Daniel H. “Earth’s Carbon Cycle: A Mathematical Perspective.” Bulletin of the American Mathematical Society 52, no. 1 (September 17, 2014): 47–64. © 2014 American Mathematical Society
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