Monitoring of Geoengineering Effects and their Natural and Anthropogenic Analoguesstudy page
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May 23-26, 2011
Study Co-Lead Douglas MacMynowski from Caltech.
Climate change is happening and its full consequences are not fully understood. A prevailing view contends that any warming above about 2 Celsius degrees from preindustrial times will be dangerous, producing serious negative consequences for humans and natural systems. Although the safest and most obvious method of moderating against such climate change is to take early and effective action to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases, there is no evidence that the necessary reductions required to avoid reaching the potentially dangerous climate change will be achieved in the near or medium term future.
Study Co-Lead Graeme Stephens from JPL.
A number of climate intervention concepts, referred to as “geoengineering,” are being considered as an alternative approach to managing climate change. However, before we go down the path of deliberate climate intervention, it is essential that we take the necessary steps to validate our understanding that underpins any of the proposed intervention concepts in order to understand all likely consequences and put in place the necessary strategies for monitoring the expected and unintended consequences of such intervention.
Study Co-Lead Alan Robock from Rutgers University.
The proposed KISS study is not about advocacy of geoengineering nor about designing monitoring systems for promoting geoengineering experiments. Rather the study is more a precautionary study with the following goals:
Study Co-Lead Riley Duren from the Jet Propulsion Laboratory.
This study focuses primarily on examination of concepts based on managing solar radiation into the climate systems. The primary reason for this focus is because: