Mission and Scope of Work

Mission Statement

The Forum for Climate Engineering Assessment’s (FCEA) overarching objective is to assess the social, ethical, political, and legal implications of emerging technologies that fall under the broad rubric of climate engineering (sometimes referred to as “climate geoengineering”). We produce high-quality and policy-relevant research and commentary, and work in a variety of ways ensure that the climate engineering conversation maintains a focus on issues of justice, equity, agency, and inclusion.

About FCEA

The Forum for Climate Engineering Assessment is an initiative of the School of International Service at American University in Washington DC. FCEA was constituted in 2013, out of a recognition that the conversation about climate engineering or “climate geoengineering” responses to climate change was growing rapidly in importance, yet was narrowly restricted in terms of the scope of actors and interests.

Scope of Work

The current scope of our work includes the following:

  • Generation of space for perspectives from civil society actors and the wider public, to engender a heightened level of engagement around issues of justice, equity, agency, and inclusion.

Our work in this context includes: advocating for public deliberative mechanisms to facilitate informed and meaningful public input into what could prove to be one of the most momentous societal decisions of this millennium; convening of public and academic fora on critical issues; development of outreach materials for a wide range of audiences; a blog series; and an occasional paper series.

  • Facilitation of discussion of potential governance architectures for climate engineering, as well as development of potential governance frameworks.

Our work in this context includes: convening an Academic Working Group, comprised of internationally recognized experts from throughout the world, to provide recommendations for how Solar Radiation Management research and potential deployment should be governed; development of a human rights-based framework to operationalize the human rights provisions of the Paris Agreement in the context of climate engineering options in both the context of Solar Radiation Management and Carbon Dioxide Removal options; and formulation of a transboundary environmental assessment framework for climate geoengineering proposals.

  • Facilitation of climate engineering research in the academic sector.

Our work in this context includes: ongoing development of a timeline that chronicles the history of climate geoengineering and provides access to critical source materials; an occasional paper series; and development of a range of other materials for teaching and research on the social and political implications of climate engineering.