Panel discussion: New Priority Program on the assessment of CE in Germany
A new Priority Program on the assessment of climate engineering is funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG): „Climate Engineering: Risks, Challenges, Opportunities?“ (SPP 1689) – coordinated by Andreas Oschlies, GEOMAR, Kiel. Its first 3-year phase (2012-2015) is funded with about 5 Mio Euro. The kick-off meeting will take place in Berlin 3rd of June 2013.
The aim of the Priority Program is to help constraining the significant uncertainties in our current understanding of the environmental, societal and political risks, challenges and possible opportunities of climate engineering. This will help to enable a responsible decision-making about CE. Due to the complexity of the topic we will conduct our assessment in a broad interdisciplinary research team. A crucial concern of the Priority Program is to involve the general public and carry out the research in a transparent manner. The first phase oft the program will include the following subprojects:
• „How to Meet a Global Challenge? Climate Engineering at the Science-Policy Nexus: Contested Understandings of Responsible Research and Governance “ - Barben (RWTH Aachen), Janich (TU Darmstadt)
• „Arguing about CE: Towards a Comprehensive Ethical Analysis of an Ongoing Debate“ – Betz (KIT), Ott (CAU Kiel), Visbeck (GEOMAR)
• „Comparative assessment of potential impacts, side-effects and uncertainties of CE measures and emission-reduction efforts (ComparCE)“, Ilyina (MPI Hamburg), Oschlies (GEOMAR), Pongratz (MPI Hamburg), Schmidt (MPI Hamburg)
• „Climate Engineering Impacts: Between Reliability and Liability (CEIBRAL)“, Carrier (Uni Bielefeld), Goeschl (Uni Heidelberg), Proelß (Uni Tier), Schmidt (MPI Hamburg)
• „Fingerprints analysis of extreme events caused by stratospheric sulfur injections (FASSI)“, Cubasch (FU Berlin) • „Contextualizing Climate Engineering and Mitigation: Complement, Substitute or Illusion? (CEMICS) “, Edenhofer (PIK), Hartmann (Uni Hamburg), Held (Uni Hamburg), Lawrence (IASS)
• „Climate Engineering on Land: Potentials and side-effects of afforestation and biomass plantations as instruments for Carbon Extraction (CE-LAND) “, Gerten (PIK), Kracher (MPI Hamburg), Lucht (PIK), Pongratz (MPI Hamburg)
• „Learning about cloud brightening under risk and uncertainty: Whether, when and how to do field experiments (LEAC)“, Quaas (Uni Leipzig), Quaas (CAU Kiel) The DFG has asked three further subprojects to submit a revised proposal.