Geoengineering Poster Session at WCRP Open Science Conference, Denver, Colorado, October 24-28, 2011

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Mar 16, 2011, 2:43:46 PM3/16/11
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> Dear All,
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> We (Tom Peter and Alan Robock) are the conveners of a session on geoengineering at the WCRP Open Science Conference, Denver, Colorado, October 24-28, 2011.We invite submissions from all working on this subject.Substantial travel support is available for young scientists and those from developing countries.The abstract deadline for those seeking travel support or needing a US visa is March 31, which is only two weeks away. The absolute deadline is April 30.The conference website is http://www.wcrp-climate.org/conference2011/ and our session is described at http://www.wcrp-climate.org/conference2011/posters_description.html#C45 .The style for this conference is many poster sessions and only a few invited oral sessions.Poster sessions will be held with no competition from the oral presentations.Please consider submitting your new work.The complete description of our session is:
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> Session C45: Geoengineering to Counteract Global Warming? /(conveners: A. Robock, T. Peter)/
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> With continued global warming, an increased pace of greenhouse gases emissions, and the array and magnitude of climate impacts intensifying, increasing attention is being paid to the potential for limiting the effects of anthropogenic climate change through large-scale geotechnical means, often called geoengineering. The most discussed approaches include deliberately altering Earth’s radiation balance via carbon capture and storage (for example, by scrubbing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere or strengthening its oceanic sinks) or solar radiation management (by brightening low-level clouds or generating a sulfate aerosol layer in the stratosphere). Although specific approaches have been proposed, relatively little is known about their potential effectiveness and possible unintended consequences. Issues of technological feasibility are also largely unexplored. We therefore invite contributions that describe and address the potential effectiveness and scientific and technical problems associated with deliberate climate modification, including the potential for enhancement of terrestrial and oceanic carbon sinks. Topics can include modeling studies of the climatic impacts of proposed schemes; studies of unintended environmental consequences; and evaluations of technological feasibility. Recognizing that geoengineering raises a range of societal, ethical, and governance issues, posters on these aspects are also welcome.
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> Sincerely,
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> Alan Robock and Thomas Peter
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> Alan Robock, Professor II
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