By deliberately intervening in Earth's radiation budget, climate engineering (or geoengineering) could reduce some of the impacts of climate change. Possible methods include (but are not limited to) stratospheric aerosol addition or marine cloud brightening, both of which would reflect some sunlight back to space, or cirrus cloud thinning to increase outgoing longwave radiation. This conference focuses on better understanding the processes and impacts associated with radiation management. This includes processes specific to individual methods, the projected climate response and its uncertainties, and the impacts, including those in the developing world, as well as the engineering aspects and the design of research to address risk.
The conference will consist of nine sessions, on the topics listed below. The conference chair is currently developing their preliminary program, which will include the names of the invited speakers and discussion leaders for each of these sessions. The preliminary program will be available by October 15, 2019. Please check back for updates.
- Keynote Session: Climate Engineering Scenarios
- Stratospheric Processes
- Alternative Methods
- Cloud-Mediated Processes
- Combining and Comparing Different Methods
- Climate Response and Impacts
- Developing World Impacts
- Engineering and Risk Management
- The Future of Radiation Management Research