Future directions in environmental science, ctd

August 19, 2011 – 11:07 pm

Geoengineering is the emerging field that is evaluating possible global-scale technological solutions to climate change. There could be a lot of potential for research into the effects and side effects of geoengineering. From an NSF press release:

Bitz, working with University of Washington researchers Kelly McCusker and David Battisti, analyzed the impact of the leading geoengineering solution, the release of volcanic aerosols into the upper atmosphere.

“The equivalent of Mount Pinatubo going off every year,” Bitz said, referring to the eruption in the Philippines in 1991, the largest in recent memory.

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