Geoengineering Assessment

New research endeavours at Fudan Tyndall Centre might include:

The University of East Anglia and the Tyndall Centre are world leaders in interdisciplinary assessment of geoengineering options.We evaluate physical, environmental, social and technical issues surrounding the emerging field of geoengineering to inform science and policy makers.

Geoengineering is the large scale intervention in the Earth system to counteract human induced climate change. There are broadly two types of geoengineering approaches 1) Reflecting the sun’s heat back into space to reduce the earth’s surface temperature and 2) Removing carbon dioxide directly from the atmosphere and locking it away. Some forms of geoengineering are suggested as a complement to mitigation policies.

Our current expertise and outputs include:

Integrated Assessment of Geoengineering Proposals

Global cooling potential of geoengineering techniques

BioChar evaluation

Public and stakeholder perceptions of geoengineering

Major contributors to Royal Society of Great Britain’s report Geoengineering the Climate

Co-Authors of International Geosphere Biosphere Programme (IGBP) report Geoengineering Impacts on Ecosystems

Key reference:

Lenton, TM & Vaughan, NE (2009) The radiative forcing potential of different climate geoengineering options Atmospheric Chemistry & Physics 9:5539-5561

Vaughan, NE & Lenton, TM (in press) A review of climate geoengineering proposals Climatic ChangeLow Carbon Economy

Geoengineering Assessment