Our group developed a collaborative proposal with biologists at GW and the University of Vermont in early 2017 for this program. We had an inkling that CMS was in trouble when we were notified that he proposal would not be reviewed. The Terrestrial Sink is one of the largest "negative feedbacks" for increased carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. (In plain speak, trees and other terrestrial biomass consume CO2 that fossil fuels add to atmosphere.) The magnitude of the terrestrial sink is also very uncertain, but evidence over the last decade suggests that it is changing, and not in a good way: less carbon is being sequestered by terrestrial biomass.
"You can't manage what you don't measure."
"This type of research is likely to continue, but leadership will pass to Europe."