Geoengineering in the Arctic

26 March 2024 | 09:00 - 17:30 (UK) 

Open Session - HYBRID 

Room:  St Trinnean's (St Leonards) (Breakout Session in Nelson (St Leonards))

Organiser:  Gabriela Schaepman-Strub (University of Zurich, Switzerland), Julia Schmale (EPFL, Switzerland)


Event Description:

While the international leadership has failed so far to take action for transformative reduction in CO2 emissions, voices become stronger to advance geoengineering to cool down the planet. This could be especially important for the Arctic which is warming at almost 4 times the rate of the globe on average. Based on recent panel discussions at GESDA and Arctic Circle 2022, we feel the need to urgently address the geoengineering topic from an Arctic-specific, scientific, rightholder and stakeholder perspective, as pressure to find geoengineering solutions to the current climate crisis is intensifying. With this workshop, we propose to take stock of the current status of geoengineering methods applicable to the Arctic. 

At this workshop, we discuss case studies, assess the efficiency of suggested methods to cool the Arctic, evaluate potential negative impacts and feedbacks in the Arctic system, their assessment and potential mitigation measures, and discuss ethical considerations around different geoengineering methods, as well as their governance. Importantly, involvement of Arctic residents and Indigenous Peoples in conversations and planning of potential geoengineering methods will be discussed as well. 

We invite everyone with an interest in the subject and aim for participants representing science, policy, governance, local and Indigenous Peoples perspectives and other. 

Results from the workshop shall be incorporated in an IASC white paper on Arctic geoengineering. 

This is a workshop in the framework of the IASC activity ‘Geoengineering to save the Arctic?’, co-led by Gabriela Schaepman-Strub, Julia Schmale (AWG), João Canário (TWG), Gonçalo Vieira (CWG), Henrieka Detlef (MWG, ECR), Victoria Buschman (MWG, ECR), Rhonda Müller (ECR)