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February 11, 2019

Thomas Crowther will identify long-disappeared forests available for restoration across the world. He will describe how such an effort, however unlikely, could absorb as much as 135 gigatons of atmospheric carbon, an amount that exceeds what human activities are estimated to release into the atmosphere each year. Crowther will also describe data from thousands of soil samples collected by local scientists that reveal the world's most abundant population of soil organisms in arctic and sub-arctic regions and the most dominant populations of plants and animals in tropical regions.

Laura Duncanson will point to two recent NASA laser missions - the ICESat-2 satellite and the Global Ecosystem Dynamics Investigation (GEDI) - and their contributions to mapping global forest biomass, to guide forest management programs and inform climate mitigation plans. Duncanson will show how data from forests located both in boreal, tropical and temperate areas can improve carbon measurements.

Matto Mildenberger will explain how perceived experiences with climate change in the United States can be linked to political shifts in Congress, culture and society. He will demonstrate how partisan opinions about the prevalence and dangers of climate change in each of the 50 states and 435 congressional districts in the United States can change policy making by Congress.
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Thomas Crowther, Assistant Professor Environmental Systems Science, ETH Zurich, Zurich, ZH, Switzerland; Understanding Carbon Cycle Feedbacks to Predict Climate Change: https://aaas.confex.com/aaas/2019/meetingapp.cgi/Paper/23744

Laura Duncanson, Assistant Professor, University of Maryland, College Park; NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, MD, USA; Spaceborne Data: Mapping and Monitoring the Carbon Content of Earth's Forests: https://aaas.confex.com/aaas/2019/meetingapp.cgi/Paper/23740

Matto Mildenberger, Assistant Professor Comparative Politics, Environmental Politics, Public Opinion and Methodology, University of California, Santa Barbara, CA, USA; Political and Policy Feedbacks in the Climate System: https://aaas.confex.com/aaas/2019/meetingapp.cgi/Paper/23746

ETH Zurich

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