Last year, Harvard University established an independent Advisory Committee to provide advice on the governance of the Stratospheric Controlled Perturbation Experiment (SCoPEx). After convening for the past several months, the Committee has defined the scope, mission, values, and review process of their work and as a result, launched the SCoPEx Advisory Committee website. The Committee’s goal is to ensure that the SCoPEx project is undertaken in a transparent, responsible, and legitimate manner by ensuring that it contributes to scientific understanding and establishes means for meaningful public engagement in the experiment.
As this is the first time a Committee like this has been established, we are seeking feedback and comments on this initial scope of work. In an effort to uphold transparency and seek input from a diverse range of stakeholders, the Committee invites any interested parties to submit comments and questions on the Engage with Us page of the website. The Committee will remain open to comments throughout its process. However, in order to be responsive to this initial feedback, we will synthesize and respond to any feedback up through July 31, 2020. If you would like to continue receiving updates from the SCoPEx Advisory Committee, please sign up for the mailing list to learn about future updates.
Katharine Mach is an Associate Professor at the University of Miami Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science and a faculty scholar at the UM Abess Center, focused on environmental science and policy. Mach’s research assesses climate change risks and response options to address increased flooding, extreme heat, wildfire, and other hazards. Through innovative approaches to integrating evidence, she informs effective and equitable adaptations to the risks.