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Africa and the global carbon cycle

Overview of attention for article published in Carbon Balance and Management, March 2007
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  • In the top 25% of all research outputs scored by Altmetric
  • Among the highest-scoring outputs from this source (#20 of 200)
  • High Attention Score compared to outputs of the same age (92nd percentile)
  • High Attention Score compared to outputs of the same age and source (87th percentile)

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Africa and the global carbon cycle
Published in
Carbon Balance and Management, March 2007
DOI 10.1186/1750-0680-2-3
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Christopher A Williams, Niall P Hanan, Jason C Neff, Robert J Scholes, Joseph A Berry, A Scott Denning, David F Baker


The African continent has a large and growing role in the global carbon cycle, with potentially important climate change implications. However, the sparse observation network in and around the African continent means that Africa is one of the weakest links in our understanding of the global carbon cycle. Here, we combine data from regional and global inventories as well as forward and inverse model analyses to appraise what is known about Africa's continental-scale carbon dynamics. With low fossil emissions and productivity that largely compensates respiration, land conversion is Africa's primary net carbon release, much of it through burning of forests. Savanna fire emissions, though large, represent a short-term source that is offset by ensuing regrowth. While current data suggest a near zero decadal-scale carbon balance, interannual climate fluctuations (especially drought) induce sizeable variability in net ecosystem productivity and savanna fire emissions such that Africa is a major source of interannual variability in global atmospheric CO2. Considering the continent's sizeable carbon stocks, their seemingly high vulnerability to anticipated climate and land use change, as well as growing populations and industrialization, Africa's carbon emissions and their interannual variability are likely to undergo substantial increases through the 21st century.

Mendeley readers

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
United Kingdom 5 1%
United States 3 <1%
South Africa 3 <1%
Germany 2 <1%
Spain 2 <1%
Portugal 1 <1%
Brazil 1 <1%
Kenya 1 <1%
Switzerland 1 <1%
Other 4 1%
Unknown 318 93%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Researcher 76 22%
Student > Ph. D. Student 74 22%
Student > Master 49 14%
Student > Doctoral Student 23 7%
Student > Bachelor 16 5%
Other 69 20%
Unknown 34 10%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Environmental Science 119 35%
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 78 23%
Earth and Planetary Sciences 70 21%
Social Sciences 6 2%
Engineering 6 2%
Other 16 5%
Unknown 46 13%

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