Media Advisory - New major consortium to develop carbon monitoring and prediction system for North America

    OTTAWA, March 7 /CNW Telbec/ - Université Laval and the Canadian
Foundation for Climate and Atmospheric Sciences (CFCAS) invite the media to
the launch of a Canada-wide research consortium that will provide key
information on the absorption and generation of carbon in Canada's vast boreal
forests and help government and industry to develop strategies for mitigating
and adapting to climate change.
    The Canadian Carbon Program (CCP) is led by Professor Hank Margolis of
Université Laval and funded by a grant of $4 million from the Canadian
Foundation for Climate and Atmospheric Sciences. The network includes top
researchers from 12 universities in partnership with scientists from Natural
Resources Canada (Canadian Forest Service), Environment Canada and provincial
research institutes.
    The network will provide new and important information on the influence
of climate, logging and fire on the absorption or emission of carbon dioxide
in Canadian forests and peatlands. It will ultimately develop a framework for
an integrated carbon monitoring and prediction system for Canada and North
America. Research done by Fluxnet-Canada, the predecessor of the CCP,
estimated that the Canadian land surface absorbed approximately 140 million
tonnes of carbon per year between 1994 and 2003. This is close to the carbon
emitted annually by Canadian fossil fuel CO(2) emissions over the same period.
However, the scientific uncertainties in these estimates are very large. These
uncertainties will be reduced through the scientific research conducted by the
    The formal launch of the CCP will be followed by presentations by leading
Canadian scientists Francis Zwiers and Werner Kurz, who will speak about
recent developments in climate change science and the mitigating potential of
forests under future climate change scenarios.

             What: New research consortium on carbon monitoring
          Where: Ballroom - Fairmont Château Laurier Hotel (Ottawa)
             When: 8:50 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. on Friday March 9, 2007

For further information:

For further information: Media Information: Martin Guay, Media
Relations, Université Laval, (418) 656-3952,; Dawn
Conway, Executive Director, Canadian Foundation for Climate and Atmospheric
Sciences (CFCAS), (613) 238-2223 ext. 202,; Network
Information: Professor Hank Margolis, Université Laval, (418) 656-7120,

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