Academic Venture Fund - 2015

Geoengineering on a Regional Scale

Ship moving through icebergs

The National Academy of Science recently called for more research on geoengineering, including controversial climate interventions like reflecting sunlight away from the Earth. With significant impacts projected from global warming and melting ice, the Arctic is a critical region for evaluating possible future global cooling techniques, such as injecting aerosols into the stratosphere to boost "albedo" and reflect some of the sun's energy. Combining social science, engineering, and communication, this team will engage Arctic communities in a participatory discussion about these emerging technologies, identify public concerns, and evaluate regionally specific geoengineering strategies that address them.

Investigators: Douglas MacMartin, Bruce Lewenstein