Session 12

Setting the s-C-ene for ecosystem carbon cycling across natural and disturbed environments

Conveners: Matthew Morison1, Megan Schmidt2, Miranda Hunter2

1Department of Geography, University of Winnipeg, Winnipeg, MB, R3B 2E9, Email:

2Department of Geography and Environmental Management, University of Waterloo, Waterloo, ON, N2L 3G1, Email:;

Session Description

We are in an age of recent and ongoing advances in the ways we monitor, estimate, and model how carbon is stored and cycled through and across ecosystems, ranging from site-level, bottom-up experiments to global, space-based, top-down measurements. In this session, we invite work investigating carbon cycling and movement across a wide range of terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems, including forests, wetlands, lakes, and agricultural environments, within natural, disturbed, and restored systems. We look forward to discussing carbon cycling at various spatial scales ranging from micrometers to continents, temporal scales ranging from seconds to millennia, and across methodological approaches, including field observation, laboratory manipulation, modelling, and remote sensing. In addition, biogeochemical transformations and mobilization of carbon are often coupled to the cycling and mobility of other elements, including mercury, heavy metals, nutrients, and more. We hope this session will showcase emerging methods, results, and syntheses of ecosystem carbon cycling and relationships to other hydrologic, biogeochemical, and earth systems processes.

Primary Affiliation: Biogeosciences