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LIVE STREAMING: Engineering the Climate - 12 - 14 March 2015 - Cambridge, UK
Envisionation are pleased to announce that we will be streaming the SRMS 2015 Conference from the University of Cambridge. The important 2 day event comprises a series of keynote presentations through out Friday and Saturday daytime. On the evening of Friday 13th there will be an all-star debate in the Lady Mitchell Hall as part of the Cambridge Science Festival (Chair: Oliver Morton. Panellists: Martin Rees, Amartya Sen, Onora O'Neill, David Keith).
We will be streaming all Keynotes and the panel debate. Climate engineering, and especially solar radiation management proposals are met with a range of responses from dread and fear to cheers or "hurry up and deploy". Their are no actual large-scale interventions that have been researched and are ready for deployment as yet. However, proposals to cool the planet range from marine cloud brightening to create whiter clouds to increase the reflectivity of the planet, to spewing millions of tonnes of particles into the stratosphere to create a reflective shield. Other proposals include creating space satellite shades that could create cooling, if ever realised.
In this following video I have edited together a compilation of points of views from people I have interviewed or recorded over the last 18 months on the subject of climate engineering (also called "geoengineering").
The streaming player will be made live here on Friday morning as the conference opens.
Friday 13 March (All times are GMT - please visit www.timeanddate.com/worldclock to convert to your local time)
9.00 Welcome & Introduction
9.30 Keynote Lecture: Ken Caldeira
10.00 Keynote Lecture: Phil Rasch
11.00 Technical Session 1: Climate Modelling. Chair: Lesley Gray
Jim Haywood 'Results from GEOMIP and SRM simulations with the Hadley Centre Model'
Scott Osprey 'The long-standing dynamical impacts of climate engineering using stratospheric sulphate aerosol'
Andy Jarvis 'Deeply ignorant rationality: A solar radiation management case study'
Stephen Salter 'Can we get a win-win result for the side effects of marine cloud brightening by use of coded modulation of condensation nucleus concentration?'
12.30 Lunch & Lunchtime Perspectives. Chair: Olaf Corry
Ian Simpson 'Evidence and theory of current climate engineering programs'
Josefina Fraile-Martin 'Civil Society and Geoengineering'
14.00 Keynote Lecture: David MacKay
14.30 Keynote Lecture: Lynn Russell
15.30 Technical Session 2: Impacts, Implications & Consequences. Chair: Nem Vaughan
Piers Forster 'Potentially damaging precipitation side effects from solar radiation management'
Ben Kravitz 'SRM Impacts on the Hydrological Cycle'
Andy Wiltshire 'Future Ecosystem Services, Climate Mitigation and Geo-Engineering'
Sebastian Eastham 'Sensitivities of Human Health to Aerosol Climate Engineering'
Friday 13th Panel Debate:
19.00 - 21.00 Panel discussion, Lady Mitchell Hall, Sidgwick Site. Chair: Oliver Morton. Panellists: Martin Rees, Amartya Sen, Onora O'Neill, David Keith.
Saturday 14 March (Engineering Department, Trumpington Street Cambridge, CB2 1PZ)
9.30 Keynote Lecture: David Keith
10.00 Keynote Lecture: Duncan McLaren
11.00 Session 3: Engineering Systems. Chair: Hugh Hunt
Hugh Hunt 'Delivering particles to the stratosphere - SPICE WP2'
Chris Burgoyne 'Some engineering aspects of a Geoengineering balloon and tether'
Julian Evans 'The quest for ingenerate resources to promote longevity of the ocean mirror'
John Latham 'Marine Cloud Brightening'
12.30 Lunch & Lunchtime Perspectives. Chair: Duncan McLaren
Holly Buck 'Contested infrastructure: insights from large-scale development projects'
Bronislaw Szerszynski 'A bibliometric study of solar radiation management science: publications and patents'
14.00 Keynote Lecture: Tom Ackerman
14.30 Keynote Lecture: Matthew Watson
15.30 Session 4: Atmospheric Effects. Chair: Matthew Watson
Francis Pope 'Atmospheric chemistry of mineral particles in the stratosphere: implications for ozone chemistry and stratospheric particle injection'
Graham Mann 'Quantifying the radiative forcing from the 1991 Mt Pinatubo eruption'
Peter Davidson 'The impact, implications and consequences of the use of manufactured particles to improve the feasibility and reduce risk for a Stratospheric Solar Radiation Management (SRM) Insurance'
Peter Irvine 'Detection, Attribution and Climate Control - the Limits to Solar Radiation Management'
More information is available at the official SRMS Cambridge website here: http://www.srms-cambridge.eng.cam.ac.uk/programme
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