Geoengineering - a future LWEC activity?
The Living With Environmental Change Climate Mitigation Task Force is looking at where there might be a need for research activity in geoengineering and have published the attached report to inform discussion.
"The LWEC Geoengineering Report- A forward look for UK research on climate impacts of geoengineering" began as a scoping study for the Natural Environment Research Council, identifying research gaps in climate remediation from an environmental perspective. It was then expanded and updated by joint work with the Met Office Hadley Centre, to provide the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) with a more comprehensive overview of climate-related geoengineering research activities and opportunities.
One of the main uses of the report will be as a guide to researchers in identifying what we do not know about the various geoengineering technologies, it is not a strategy, nor a commitment, nor a funding proposal.
Geoengineering is defined in the report as :
“the deliberate, large-scale manipulation of the planetary environment to counteract anthropogenic climate change”
- Negative emissions technologies, primarily carbon dioxide removal
- Solar radiation management or sunlight reduction methods
- Techniques for reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
- Low carbon energy sources.
- Conventional power/industrial plant carbon capture and storage.
The UK Government's latest statement on geoengineering can be found on the you gov website
Public reactions to one aspect of geoengineering are captured in a report on Planet Earth online.
Material from an LWEC workshop on Geoengineering held in 2011 can be viewed via the page link below.