Symposium - Plan B: Engineering a Cooler Earth

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Hameetman Auditorium - California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, CA 91125

Registration via this link is required by December 6, 2017 to attend this symposium:

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8:30 - 9:00

Registration and Coffee

9:00 - 9:15 Opening Remarks
Engineering a Cooler Earth
Paul Wennberg (Caltech)
9:15 - 9:25 Changes in Earth’s Climate 1850-2017

Simona Bordoni (Caltech)

9:25 - 9:45 Assessing Geoengineering Proposals and Climate Risks Through Data-Informed Modeling

Tapio Schneider (Caltech)
Andrew Stuart (Caltech)

9:45 - 10:15 Q&A - Understanding the Basics


10:15 - 10:40

Coffee Break and Informal Discussion

10:40 - 12:00

Topic 1
Engineering Lower Greenhouse Gas Levels: CO2 Capture and Sequestration

Carbon Capture and Sequestration: The Scale of the Challenge

Jennifer Wilcox (Colorado School of Mines)

Prospects and Viability of Carbon Removal Technologies: Climate, Policy and Market Perspectives

Julio Friedmann (Carbon Wrangler, LLC)

CO2 Capture and Physical Sequestration

Christoph Gebald (Climeworks)

Chemical Sequestration of CO2 by Calcium Carbonate Dissolution

Jess Adkins (Caltech)

Panel Discussion:
The Economics of Carbon Capture and Sequestration

Moderated by: Julio Friedmann (Carbon Wrangler, LLC)

Audience Q&A
12:00 - 1:00

Lunch provided for all attendees

1:00 - 2:30 Topic 2
Engineering Lower Solar Radiance: Albedo Modification
Towards Improved Understanding of Albedo Modification’s Effectiveness and Risks David Keith (Harvard)
Marine Cloud Brightening: Science, Feasibility and a Plan for Research Rob Wood (U. Washington)
Viability and Desirability of Proposed Radiation Management Methods Trude Storelvmo (Yale)
Panel Discussion:
Technical Challenges and Risks
Moderated by: Doug MacMartin (Caltech)
Audience Q&A
2:30 - 3:00

Coffee Break and Informal Discussion

3:00 - 4:45 Topic 3
Risks and Practicalities of Albedo Modification
Geoengineering as a Response to Climate Risk Gernot Wagner (Harvard)
Governance Needs and Challenges Edward A. Parson (UCLA)
Implementation and Entrepreneurial Perspectives David Rogers (Stanford)
Effective Communication to the Public Andrew Revkin (ProPublica)
Panel Discussion:
Technical Challenges and Risks
Moderated by: Andrew Revkin (ProPublica)
Audience Q&A
4:45 Concluding Remarks John Grotzinger (Caltech)
5:00 Symposium Concludes