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Earth's carbon cycle: A mathematical perspective


Author: Daniel H. Rothman
Journal: Bull. Amer. Math. Soc. 52 (2015), 47-64
MSC (2010): Primary 86-02; Secondary 92B99
Published electronically: September 17, 2014
MathSciNet review: 3286481
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Abstract: 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.


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Daniel H. Rothman
Affiliation: Lorenz Center, Department of Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02139
Email: dhr@mit.edu

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1090/S0273-0979-2014-01471-5
Received by editor(s): May 30, 2014
Published electronically: September 17, 2014
Additional Notes: I would like to thank T. Bosak, C. Follett, and D. Forney for collaborations on problems discussed in Section \ref{sec:decomposition}. This work was supported by NASA Astrobiology (NNA08CN84A and NNA13AA90A) and NSF (OCE-0930866 and EAR-1338810).
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