Professor of Public Policy, HKS; Gordon McKay Professor of Applied Physics, SEAS
We summarize a portfolio of possible field experiments on solar radiation management (SRM) and related technologies. The portfolio is intended to support analysis of potential field research related to SRM including discussions about the overall merit and risk of such research as well as mechanisms for governing such research and assessments of observational needs. The proposals were generated with contributions from leading researchers at a workshop held in March 2014 at which the proposals were critically reviewed. The proposed research dealt with three major classes of SRM proposals: marine cloud brightening, stratospheric aerosols and cirrus cloud manipulation. The proposals are summarized here along with an analysis exploring variables such as space and time scale, risk and radiative forcing. Possible gaps, biases and cross-cutting considerations are discussed. Finally, suggestions for plausible next steps in the development of a systematic research programme are presented.
Keith, David, Riley Duren, and Douglas G. MacMartin. "Field Experiments on Solar Geoengineering: Report of a Workshop Exploring a Representative Research Portfolio." Philosophical Transactions A 372 (November 17, 2014).