Solar Radiation Management

9:10AM - 10:30AM

Solar Radiation Management (SRM)—changing the albedo of the Earth to reflect additional sunlight)—is not a cure for climate change or a replacement for eliminating CO2 emissions, but a significant potential tool to slow the rise in surface temperature while longer term solutions are put in place. SRM may also have serious ethical, political and environmental consequences, and additional research is required to adequately address the risks and benefits of such a tool. The goal of this panel is to discuss the required research agenda, and the accompanying governance agenda, necessary to assess the risks and benefits of SRM.

John Dykema

Harvard University

Dr. Dykema is a Project Scientist at Harvard University’s John S. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. He holds an A.B. in Physics from UC Berkeley, an M.Sc. in Experimental Condensed Matter Physics from Oxford University, and a Ph.D. in Applied Physics from Harvard University. His specialty is atmospheric radiation and remote sensing instrumentation. He is an instrument PI for the recently selected NASA Earth Venture Suborbital mission, Dynamics and Chemistry of the Summer Stratosphere (DCOTSS). He is the Program Manager for the Stratospheric Controlled Perturbation Experiment (SCoPEx).

Jane Long

Lawrence Livermore National Lab (retired)

Dr. Long holds a ScB in biomedical engineering from Brown University, an MS and PhD in hydrology from U.C. Berkeley. She formerly was Associate Director for Energy and Environment at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Dean of Mackay School of Mines at the University of Nevada, Reno; and a scientist and department chair in energy and environment for Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. Dr. Long is a senior contributing scientist for the Environmental Defense Fund, on the board of directors for Clean Air Task Force and the Bay Area Air Quality Management District Scientific Advisory Board. She is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, an Associate of the National Academies of Science (NAS) and a Senior Fellow of the California Council on Science and Technology (CCST).

Rob Wood

University of Washington

Dr. Robert Wood is Professor of Atmospheric Sciences and Associate Dean for Research in the College of the Environment at the University of Washington. Wood’s research work focuses upon understanding processes controlling clouds in the Earth’s atmosphere and the roles that clouds play in determining climate variability and change, the formation of rain, and how tiny aerosol particles (both natural and anthropogenic) interact with them and affect their properties. Wood’s research uses a combination of observational data collected with aircraft, satellites and from ground-based remote sensing, together with numerical and theoretical models

Shuchi Talati

Union of Concerned Scientists


Dr. Talati is the Fellow on Solar Geoengineering Research Governance and Public Engagement at the Union of Concerned Scientists. Dr. Talati focuses on guiding sound governance and engagement for research into proposed solar geoengineering approaches to limit global warming. She was most recently the 2017-2018 AAAS/AIP-ASA Congressional Science Fellow in the offices of Senator Al Franken and Senator Tammy Duckworth working to advance climate and energy policies. Dr. Talati has additional experience as a postdoctoral fellow with the American Meteorological Society's Policy Program and has worked at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy during the Obama Administration. She received a Ph.D. in 2016 from Carnegie Mellon University in Engineering and Public Policy,

Ethan Keeler

IEEE-USA Congressional Fellow (Reporter)

Ethan Keeler is working on policy related to cyber security, data privacy, biometrics, rural broadband, and advance technologies in a Senate office. Given his background and interest in the intersection between science/technology and public policy, he utilizes his knowledge and experience to communicate relevant recommendations to staff and Senate members. He completed a Ph.D. as a NSF Graduate Research Fellow at the University of Washington (UW) where he studied electrical engineering, optics, and micro/nano-technology. His research aimed to enhance the precision of devices in their ability to weigh single biological cells, a parameter that has important implications in biology and cancer/disease therapeutic development.

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