In The Carbon Cycle, leading scientists examine how atmospheric carbon dioxide concentrations have changed in the past and how this may affect the concentrations in the future. They look at the carbon budget and the "missing sink" for carbon dioxide. They offer approaches to modeling the carbon cycle, providing mathematical tools for predicting future levels of carbon dioxide. This comprehensive text, published in 2000, incorporates findings from the recent IPCC reports. New insights, and a convergence of ideas and views across several disciplines make this book a valuable contribution to the global change literature.