In the last decade, there has been a growing need, from both the science and policymaking communities, for an improved understanding of regional and global carbon cycles which requires the quantification of carbon fluxes at a variety of spatial and temporal scales. The carbon cycle in urbanizing regions is important not only because urban areas are the dominant source of fossil-fuel emissions, but also because urban vegetation has a non-negligible effect on carbon stocks and sinks. Our goal in this research area is to improve the understanding of the carbon budgets in urbanizing regions, in particular the impact of urbanization, as well as future trajectories under socioeconomic development and climate scenarios.
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