21 – 25 August 2017, Interlaken, Switzerland 

(Picture: Jost von Allmen)

The Swiss science community and the Oeschger Centre for Climate Change Research are proud to organize the 10th anniversary International Carbon Dioxide Conference (ICDC). The first conference of this series took place in Bern, Switzerland, and we now bring the conference back to the Bern area.

The focus of ICDC10 is on changes in carbon dioxide and the carbon cycle, and their interactions and links to climate and human activities from the regional to the global scale, and from the past into the future.

The ICDC10 will be held back-to-back with the WMO/IAEA Meeting on Carbon Dioxide, other Greenhouse Gases and Related Measurement Techniques (GGMT-2017) in Dübendorf, Switzerland

Conference Objectives

The purpose of this conference is to bring together scientists from different disciplines to work towards an integrated view on the global cycle of carbon in the Earth System. Spatial scales considered range from local and regional towards global synthesis, temporal scales from hours to millennia. Periods addressed include the contemporary, industrial, and future, as well as the last millennia, glacial/interglacial, and stadial/interstadial periods.

Topics will include:

  • trends and variability in carbon stocks and fluxes
  • land use and land management
  • carbon-ecosystem-climate feedbacks and vulnerabilities
  • extreme events
  • linkages between CO2 and other greenhouse gases and between carbon and related tracers (e.g., oxygen, nutrients, and isotopes)
  • direct and indirect effects of high CO2 including ocean acidification
  • natural and anthropogenic drivers
  • allowable anthropogenic carbon emissions to meet multiple climate targets
  • emission mitigation
  • information from atmospheric, oceanic, terrestrial measurements and monitoring networks, from paleo archives, from process, inverse, and Earth System models


The insight that anthropogenic emissions of carbon dioxide perturb climate with far-reaching implications for natural and socio-economic systems has led to a series of scientific meetings to improve the understanding of the carbon cycle and of its interactions with the Earth System. The ICDC series was initiated by Hans Oeschger, Uli Siegenthaler, and Charles David Keeling and the first conference was called the "Bern CO2 Symposium". It took place in 1981, followed by a second meeting in 1985 in the village of Kandersteg in the Bernese Alps. Meanwhile, the seed of these pioneers has matured. The scope of the conference and the number of participants has increased during the follow-up conferences in Hinterzarten, Germany (1989), Carqueiranne, France (1993), Cairns, Australia (1997), Sendai, Japan (2001), Broomfield, USA (2005), Jena, Germany (2009) and Bejing, China (2013). At the same time, CO2 emissions from fossil fuel use have increased by 85% during the same 32 years. This enforces the role of fossil carbon emissions as the dominant driver of anthropogenic climate change and ocean acidification.

Conference Format

Plenary sessions with invited and selected speakers and extended poster sessions will be complemented by a few parallel sessions. A conference dinner and excursions will be organized and facilities for potential side events are available. Participants will be asked to submit extended abstracts, which will be compiled and made available to all participants. An updated schedule for abstract submission and registration will be presented in a later announcement. Depending on interest, guest editors will be chosen for a special issue of a peer-reviewed scientific journal with submitted papers based on oral or poster presentations at the conference.

Mailing list subscription

You are invited to subscribe to the ICDC10 mailing list to receive important notifications such as the call for papers or the start of the registration period. For this purpose, please enter your name and email address in the mailing list subscription form.


Congress Centre Kursaal
CH-3800 Interlaken