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Grapevine 2017

AAS Sustainability Committee Splinter Session
Geoengineering the Atmosphere to Fight Climate Change: Should Astronomers Worry About It?
Wednesday, January 4, 2017, 10:00 - 11:30 am
Texas 5 Room

Session Description

Geo-engineering is a set of proposed solutions to global climate change that involve intentionally modifying the Earth’s atmosphere and/or surface. Examples: injecting aerosols, water droplets, or other reflectors into or above the atmosphere to reduce incoming sunlight.

Will it work? What if it doesn’t? How much will it cost? What are possible side effects? Is it ethical?


10:00 Introduction

10:10 Panel discussion featuring:
Tom Ackerman (University of Washington)
David Grinspoon (NASA/GSFC)
Jane Long (Permeter Institute)
Mel Ulmer (Northwestern University)

11:00 Discussion and questions

A video of the session is available here.