FCEA is embarking on a two-year project, titled “New Scenarios and Models for Climate Engineering,” with the support of the National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center (SESYNC). Led by FCEA’s Co-Executive Director, Simon Nicholson, and Chris Trisos of the University of Cape Town, the project will produce the first set of scenarios and models that integrate both the social and environmental aspects of climate engineering technologies and that, in addition, help policymakers understand potential interactions between climate engineering technologies and existing mitigation efforts. The result will be a new set of powerful tools to guide policy decisions around climate engineering technologies, as well as guidance for the inclusion of socio-environmental dynamics into climate scenarios and models more generally.
The project will revolve around a series of four workshops, each of which will convene nearly twenty experts from around the world. The first workshop meets from May 6-10, 2019 in Annapolis, Maryland. Participants include experts on solar geoengineering, carbon removal, climate modeling, integrated assessment modeling, public policy, climate politics, and scenarios generation, as well as three science fiction writers.
SESYNC brings together the science of the natural world with the science of human behavior and decision-making to find solutions to complex environmental problems. By supporting interdisciplinary science teams and researchers with diverse skills, data, and perspectives, SESYNC seeks to lead in-depth research and scholarship that will inform decisions and accelerate scientific discovery.