Past Events

 

Webinar: Solar Climate Intervention Strategies Scenarios
December 16, 2019, 10:00 AM Eastern
 

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Agenda:

10:00 AM: Opening Remarks and Introductions—Chris Field, Perry L. McCary Director, Stanford Woods Institute and Melvin and Joan Lane Professor for Interdisciplinary Environmental Studies, Stanford University, Committee Chair

10:05 AM: Webinar Overview—Andrew Light, University Professor, George Mason University, and Distinguished Senior Fellow, World Resources Institute, Member of the Committee and Webinar Moderator

10:10 AM Speaker Opening Statements

  • Paula Caballero, Managing Director for Climate and Water, Rare
  • Arunabha Ghosh, Founder-CEO of the Council on Energy, Environment and Water
  • Youba Sokona, Vice-Chair, Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change

10:25 AM Discussion of Scenarios

11:15 AM Discussion with Committee

11:30 AM Adjourn

Webinar: September 27, 2019, 1:00 PM EDT
 

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Agenda:

1pm EDT: China’s Geoengineering Program—John Moore, Program Leader

Webinar: September 26, 2019, 6:00 PM EDT
 

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Agenda:

6pm EDT: Australia Marine Cloud Brightening for the Great Barrier Reef—Daniel Harrison, Director

7pm EDT: Australian Forum for Climate Intervention Governance—Jeffrey McGee, Director and Jan McDonald, Deputy-Director

Workshop 2: September 10-11, 2019, Palo Alto, CA
 

Stanford University
The Ruth Wattis Mitchell Earth Sciences Building

The goal of this workshop is to gather a broad array of information and perspectives on the governance of research for solar climate intervention strategies (specifically, stratospheric aerosol injection, marine cloud brightening, and cirrus cloud thinning).

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 10, 2019

9:00 A.M. Introductions and Goals of the Workshop—Chris Field (Committee Chair), Stanford University

9:15 A.M. The Roles of Research Governance—Hank Greely* Stanford University Law School
To provide an overview of the history and aims of research governance in terms of oversight (e.g., limiting, evaluating, etc.); protection (of research subjects, the environment, etc.); coordination of research; ensuring transparency in research; etc.

9:35 A.M. Discussion

10:00 A.M. SESSION 1: FOUNDATIONAL QUESTIONS

Moderator: Marion Hourdequin,* Colorado College

Panelists:
Ted Parson, University of California, Los Angeles School of Law
Sheila Jasanoff, Harvard Kennedy School
Stephen Gardiner, University of Washington

11:00 A.M. Break

11:30 A.M. Discussion of Session 1

12:15 P.M. Lunch

1:15 P.M. SESSION 2: ENGAGEMENT AND REPRESENTATION IN SOLAR CLIMATE INTERVENTION RESEARCH

Moderator: Ambuj Sagar,* Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi

Panelists:
Nick Pidgeon, Cardiff University
Gary Gardner, GreenFaith
Holly Buck, University of California, Los Angeles
Wylie Carr, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Andy Parker, Solar Radiation Management Governance Initiative (SRMGI) Drew Endy, Stanford University

2:30 P.M. Discussion of Session 2

3:15 P.M. Break

3:45 P.M. SESSION 3: GOVERNING RESEARCH FOR COLLECTIVE BENEFIT: MINIMIZING THE CHANCES OF UNINTENDED IMPACTS WHILE PROMOTING THE COLLECTIVE BENEFIT FOR HUMANKIND AND THE ENVIRONMENT

Moderator: Kate Ricke,* University of California, San Diego

Panelists:
Steve Rayner, University of Oxford
David Santillo, Greenpeace International
Robert Lempert, Rand Corporation
Sikina Jinnah, University of California, Santa Cruz
Jonathan Pershing, William and Flora Hewlett Foundation

4:45 P.M. Discussion of Session 3

5:30 P.M. Adjourn/Reception

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 11, 2019

8:30 A.M. Breakfast

9:00 A.M. Goals for day’s Sessions—Chris Field (Committee Chair), Stanford University

9:15 A.M. SESSION 4: PERSPECTIVES ON EXISTING AND POTENTIAL GOVERNANCE FRAMEWORKS FOR SOLAR CLIMATE INTERVENTION RESEARCH

Moderator: Al Lin,* University of California, Davis School of Law
Panelists:
Louise Bedsworth, California Strategic Growth Council
Daniel Bodansky, Arizona State University
Joshua Horton, Harvard University
Tracy Hester, University of Houston Law Center

10:15 A.M. Discussion of Session 4

Guiding Questions:

11:00 A.M. Break

11:30 A.M. SESSION 5: Lessons Learned from the Governance of Research in Other Fields

Moderator: Peter Frumhoff,* Union of Concerned Scientists

Panelists:
Alta Charo, University of Wisconsin, School of Law
Alex Wellerstein, Stevens Institute of Technology
Lisa Levin, Scripps Institution of Oceanography
Deneb Karentz, University of San Francisco
Stuart Russell, University of California, Berkeley

12:30 P.M. Lunch

1:30 P.M. Discussion of Session 5

Guiding Question:

2:15 P.M. Roundtable Discussion with all Session Panelists—Chris Field (Committee Chair), Stanford University

3:00 P.M. Workshop Adjourns

Workshop 1: August 7-8, 2019, Boulder, CO
 

University of Colorado Boulder
Sustainability, Energy and Environment Community Building

The goal of this workshop is gather a broad array of information and perspectives from the scientific community regarding the current status of, and future research directions for, research on solar climate intervention strategies (specifically, stratospheric aerosol injection, marine cloud brightening, and cirrus cloud thinning).

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 7, 2019

8:30 A.M.: Introductions and Goals of the Workshop—Chris Field (Committee Chair), Stanford University

9:00 A.M.: Reflections on Decision-Maker Webinar Outcomes—Andrew Light, George Mason University, World Resources Institute

9:30 A.M.: SESSION 1: MODELING STUDIES TO UNDERSTAND EFFECTS OF ENGINEERED CHANGES IN AEROSOL ON THE CLIMATE SYSTEM

Moderator: Lynn Russell, Scripps Institution of Oceanography*

Panelists:
Phil Rasch, PNNL
Ulrike Lohmann, ETH Zurich [remote]
Isla Simpson, NCAR
Brian Soden, University of Miami [remote]

10:30 A.M.: Break

11:00 A.M.: Discussion of Session 1

12:00 P.M.: Lunch

1:15 P.M.: SESSION 2: OBSERVATION-BASED STUDIES TO UNDERSTAND EFFECTS OF ENGINEERED CHANGES IN AEROSOL ON THE CLIMATE SYSTEM

Moderator: Paul Wennberg, California Institute of Technology*

Panelists:
David Fahey, NOAA ESRL
Allison McComiskey, Brookhaven National Laboratory
Rob Wood, University of Washington
Steve Platnick, NASA/GSFC

2:00 P.M.: Discussion of Session 2

3:00 P.M.: Break

3:30 P.M.: SESSION 3: RESEARCH TO ESTIMATE IMPACTS AND RISKS, POSITIVE AND NEGATIVE, OF SOLAR CLIMATE INTERVENTIONS ON HUMAN AND ENVIRONMENTAL SYSTEMS

Moderator: Lisa Dilling, University of Colorado, Boulder*

Panelists:
Alan Robock, Rutgers University
Waleed Abdalati, University of Colorado, Boulder
Cheryl Harrison, University of Texas, Rio Grande Valley
Colin Carlson, Georgetown University

4:15 P.M.: Discussion of Session 3

5:15 P.M.: Adjourn

THURSDAY, AUGUST 8, 2019

8:00 A.M.: Breakfast

8:30 A.M.: Goals for Today’s Sessions—Chris Field

8:45 A.M.: SESSION 4: RESEARCH QUESTIONS FOR SOLAR CLIMATE INTERVENTION: ENGINEERING AND IMPLEMENTATION CHALLENGES

Moderator: Rob McHenry, PARC*

Panelists:
Frank Keutsch, Harvard University
Simone Tilmes, NCAR
Gernot Wagner, New York University
Sean Garner, PARC

9:30 A.M.: Discussion of Session 4

10:30 A.M.: Break

11:00 A.M.: SESSION 5: SOCIAL SCIENCE PERSPECTIVES ON SOLAR CLIMATE INTERVENTION RESEARCH, INCLUDING PUBLIC PERCEPTION, PUBLIC ENGAGEMENT, AND APPROACHES TO RISK AND UNCERTAINTY

Moderator: Marion Hourdequin, Colorado College

Panelists:
Jane Flegal, Arizona State University
Karen Parkhill, University of York
Jack Stilgoe, University College London [remote]
Rob Bellamy, University of Manchester

12:00 P.M.: Lunch

1:15 P.M.: Discussion of Session 5

2:15 P.M.: Roundtable Discussion with all Session Panelists—Chris Field

Identify/discuss any critical issues that cut across the previous panels – i.e., research that involves intersections among atmospheric/climate modeling, observational studies, environmental impacts research, engineering/implementation issues, and social sciences.

3:00 P.M.: Workshop adjourns

Webinar: July 22, 2019

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Solar climate intervention, often referred to as solar radiation management (SRM) or solar geoengineering, is a proposed climate response strategy that would employ technologies designed to reflect sunlight in order to cool the planet. If deployed, such technologies would not have the same effect as reducing the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. The Committee on Developing a Research Agenda and Research Governance Approaches for Climate Intervention Strategies that Reflect Sunlight to Cool Earth has been tasked with developing a research agenda and research governance approaches for solar climate intervention.

For this webinar, speakers were asked to consider five climate intervention scenarios and identify the questions that they would want answered before they could make an informed decision about pursuing a research program for solar geoengineering (inclusive of outdoor experiments with possible transboundary impacts) or deploying solar geoengineering.

In particular, they were asked to identify those high level considerations (e.g., efficacy, attribution or traceability, known risks, risks of inaction because of climate impacts, potential for – and extent of – unintended consequences, costs, technological readiness, technical capacity, political risk, etc.) that would most likely affect their decision making.

During this information gathering webinar, members of the committee engaged speakers in a discussion about decision making within the context of the five scenarios.

Scenarios

Speaker Biographies

AGENDA:

12:00 PM: Opening Remarks and Introductions—Chris Field, Perry L. McCary Director, Stanford Woods Institute and Melvin and Joan Lane Professor for Interdisciplinary Environmental Studies Stanford University, Committee Chair

12:05 PM: Webinar Overview—Andrew Light, University Professor, George Mason University, and Distinguished Senior Fellow, World Resources Institute, Member of the Committee and Webinar Moderator

12:10 PM: Speaker Opening Statements

Melanie Nakagawa, Head of Climate Initiative, Princeville Capital

Pete Ogden, Vice President for Energy, Climate, and the Environment, United Nations Foundation

Franz Xaver Perrez, Head, International Affairs Division, Switzerland’s Federal Office and Lecturer of International Environmental Law, University of Bern School of Law

Nigel Purvis, Founding President and CEO, Climate Advisers

 

12:30 PM: Discussion

2:00 PM: Adjourn

Meeting 1: April 30, 2019, Washington, DC

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Keck Center
500 Fifth St., NW
Washington, DC
Room 101

MEETING GOALS

  • Gain perspective on the current landscape of solar climate intervention research and research governance efforts
  • Discuss the committee’s task with the sponsors to understand their needs and expectations
  • Hear from interested stakeholders

10:30 A.M.: Introductions and Brief Overview of the Study—Sue Biniaz and Chris Field, Committee Co-Chairs

11:00 A.M.: SESSION #1: OVERVIEW OF U.S.-BASED SOLAR CLIMATE INTERVENTION RESEARCH PROGRAMS/EFFORTS

12:30 P.M.: Working Lunch

1:30 P.M.: SESSION #2: OVERVIEW OF RECENT SOLAR CLIMATE INTERVENTION RESEARCH GOVERNANCE EXPLORATORY EFFORTS

3:15 P.M.: Break

3:30 P.M.: SESSION #3: STUDY SPONSORS’ PERSPECTIVES ON THE COMMITTEE’S TASK

  • What are the most important issues to be covered in the report?
  • Explore nuances of committee’s task – what should be included in report?
  • What is hoped for out of study? What would “success” look like?

4:15 P.M.: SESSION #4: PERSPECTIVES FROM A SAMPLE OF SOLAR CLIMATE INTERVENTION STAKEHOLDERS

  • Janos Pasztor, Carnegie Climate Geoengineering Governance Initiative (C2G2)
  • Lili Fuhr, Heinrich Böll Foundation [remote]
  • Kyle Whyte, Michigan State [remote]
  • Pablo Suarez, Red Cross Red Crescent Climate Centre (Note: Due to technical issues, a recording could not be provided for this presentation. View the slides here.)
  • Michael Stoever, Office of U.S. Rep. Jerry McNerney

5:30 P.M.: Adjourn Open Session

 

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