International Asilomar Conference on Climate Intervention Technologies

Oct 26, 2011   //   by Administrator   //   Pivot Points in the Environment

International Asilomar Conference on Climate Intervention Technologies

The Organizing Committee for the International Asilomar Conference on Climate Intervention Technologies has been assembled to emphasize 1) scientific excellence in fields related to climate intervention, 2) leadership expertise in developing consensus around difficult climate-related issues, and 3) diversity of scientific expertise and geographic background.

Organizing Committee

Chair: Dr. Michael MacCracken, Chief Scientist, Climate Institute.

Dr. MacCracken is a climate modeler who spent much of his career at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratories. He spent 9 years as the Executive Director of the US Global Change Research Program, the federal interagency committee that coordinates global change research across the federal government. He is the past President, International Association of Meteorology and Atmospheric Sciences. Dr. MacCracken has substantial experience in getting consensus on difficult issues. For example, was the lead author of the US agency response to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) 4th Assessment Report published in 2001. That job required that he get consensus from scientists in federal agencies on specific wording in the three volume document.

Honorary Chair: Dr. Paul Berg, Stanford University Emeritus Professor

Dr. Berg won the Nobel Prize in 1980 for his work on recombinant DNA techniques. He was the chair of the organizing committee of the groundbreaking 1975 Asilomar Conference on Recombinant DNA Technologies. This conference resulted in a scientific consensus on the guidelines to minimize risk associated with recombinant DNA research. The Biosafety Levels identified by the conference are still used worldwide to determine the level of containment necessary for scientific research on hazardous biological materials. The conference was the first instance in which members of the scientific community voluntarily identified and agreed on procedures to minimize risk associated with scientific research

Corresponding Committee Member: Dr. Paul Crutzen, Max Planck Institute, Germany and Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California

Dr. Crutzen won the first Nobel Prize ever given for environmental research in 1995 (together with Dr. Sherwood Rowland and Dr. Mario Molino) for his work in identifying the role of chlorofluorocarbons in stratospheric ozone chemistry and in generation of the ‘ozone hole’. He also won the Tyler Prize for Environmental Achievement. Dr. Crutzen is a stratospheric chemist and initiated the public science discussion of geoengineering/climate intervention with his provocative 2006 essay in the journal Climatic Change on the potential to artificially reduce temperatures using stratospheric aerosols.

Members of the Committee:

Dr. Scott Barrett

Dr. Barrett has just been appointed the Lenfest-Earth Institute Professor of Natural Resource Economics at Columbia University. This is a joint appointment with the School of International and Public Affairs and the Earth Institute. He a social scientist and economist known for his research into game theoretical analysis of climate change treaties. His book on the subject Environment and Statecraft: The Strategy of Environmental Treaty Making was published in 2003. He has been involved in the discussions of the Kyoto Treaty and its comparison to the more successful Montreal Protocol. More recently, he has been publishing on the institutions set up to control the regional and global spread of infectious diseases. Before moving to Columbia Dr. Barrett was a professor of political science at Johns Hopkins University where he served as Director of the International Policy Program and Professor of Environmental Economics & International Political Economy. He previously taught at the London Business School and was also affiliated with the University College London.

Dr. Roger Barry

Dr. Barry is the Director of the World Data Center for Glaciology and Distinguished Professor of Geography at the University of Colorado. His research focuses on Arctic climate, cryosphere-climate interactions, mountain climate and climate change impacts on Arctic sea ice and permafrost. His distinguished career in this field has been recognized with the Goldthwait Polar Medal, the first Francois Emile Matthes Award, and the Founder’s Medal – one of two gold medals awarded annually – by the Royal Geographical Society, London, in recognition of his excellence in geographical research, fieldwork, teaching, and public engagement. Dr. Barry has participated as both an author and a reviewer of UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) climate assessments and as an IPCC author.

Dr. Steven Hamburg

Dr. Hamburg is the Chief Scientist of the Environmental Defense Fund. As Chief Scientist, Dr. Hamburg is responsible for the scientific integrity of EDF’s positions and programs. His training and research specialty is ecosystem ecology, with a focus on forests. Dr. Hamburg has served as an advisor to both corporations and non-governmental organizations and was awarded an Environmental Merit award by the US Environmental Protection Agency for his climate change-related activities. Dr. Hamburg also serve as the Ittleson Associate Professor of Environmental Studies at Brown University and before going to the Environmental Defense Fund, Dr. Hamburg chaired the Center for Environmental Studies at Brown.

Dr. Richard Lampitt

Dr. Lampitt is a Senior Scientist with the National Oceanography Center of the UK and an associated professor of the University of Southampton. Dr. Lampitt is a biogeochemist who specializes in the role of the oceans in the global carbon cycle. He is a leader in developing large international oceanographic campaigns for ocean observation and for carbon cycle studies and currently heads the European Commission-funded EuroSITES program of ocean observation networks around the world. Dr. Lampitt is also a leading designer of oceanographic instrumentation.

Dr. Diana Liverman

Dr. Liverman is the Co-Director of Institute for Environment and Society and Professor of Geography and Regional Development at the University of Arizona. She also holds a position as Professor of Environmental Science at the University of Oxford and Senior Fellow in the Environmental Change Institute, Oxford University. Her main research interests include climate impacts, vulnerability and adaptation, and climate policy and mitigation especially in the developing world. She also works on the political economy and political ecology of environmental management in the Americas, especially in Mexico. Dr. Liverman is a member of the US NAS Committee on the Human Dimensions of Global Environmental Change and the Inter American Institute (IAI) for Global Change Research. Currently she is a member of the new National Academy of Sciences Committee on America’s Climate Choices, which is advising the US government on responses to climate change. She is also the chair of the scientific advisory committee international Global Environmental Change and Food Systems (GECAFS) program and sits on the parent committee for the international Earth Systems Science Partnership. Like others on the organizing committee, Dr. Liverman has substantial experience in the IPCC process and has been a chapter lead author in the IPCC volume on adaptation.

Dr. Thomas Lovejoy

Dr. Lovejoy is the Heinz Center Biodiversity Chair at the Heinz Center for Science and the Environment. Dr. Lovejoy is an internationally known expert in biodiversity, having coined the term early in his career. Previously he served as President of the Heinz Center since May 2002. Before coming to The Heinz Center, he was the World Bank’s Chief Biodiversity Advisor and Lead Specialist for Environment for Latin America and the Caribbean and Senior Advisor to the President of the United Nations Foundation. Dr. Lovejoy has been Assistant Secretary and Counselor to the Secretary at the Smithsonian Institution, Science Advisor to the Secretary of the Interior, and Executive Vice President of the World Wildlife Fund – U.S. He originated the concept of debt-for-nature swaps, and is the founder of the public television series Nature. In 2001 he was awarded the prestigious Tyler Prize for Environmental Achievement.

Dr. Gordon McBean

Dr. McBean is a Professor at the University of Western Ontario, and Chair for Policy in the Institute for Catastrophic Loss Reduction. His research specialties are boundary layer research, hydrometeorology and environmental impact research, and weather forecasting. Previously Dr. McBean was the Assistant Deputy Minister, Meteorological Service of Canada (MSC); Professor and Head, Department of Oceanography, University of British Columbia; Professor and Chairman, Atmospheric Science Programme, University of British Columbia, and; Senior Scientist, Canadian Climate Centre, MSC, located at the Institute of Ocean Sciences. Dr. McBean also chaired the Joint Scientific Committee of the World Climate Research Program, served on the International Group of Funding Agencies for Global Change Research. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, the Canadian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society and the American Meteorological Society.

Dr. John Shepherd

Dr. Shepherd is a Professorial Research Fellow in Earth System Science, School of Ocean and Earth Science, National Oceanography Centre, University of Southampton, UK. Dr. Shepherd is also Deputy Director (External Science Coordination) of the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research, and a Fellow of the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications. He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1999. His current research interests include the natural variability of the climate system on long time-scales, and the development and use of intermediate complexity models of the Earth climate system, for the interpretation of the palaeo-climate record, and for long-term projections of climate change. Dr. Shepherd chairs the Royal Society study of Geoengineering and has had to lead that process to achieve consensus on the different points of view regarding geoengineering.

Mr. Stephen Siedel

Mr. Siedel is the Vice President for Policy Analysis and General Counsel at the Pew Center on Global Climate Change. Mr. Siedel is an economist and lawyer with extensive experience in environmental programs and regulations. He directs the domestic analysis program for the Pew Center on Global Climate Change and oversees the Pew Center’s science and environmental impacts portfolio. Prior to joining Pew Center, Mr. Seidel managed EPA’s Stratospheric Protection program including the development and implementation of the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer and the regulatory and voluntary partnership programs developed under Title VI of the Clean Air Act. Mr. Seidel also served as a Senior Analyst at Council on Environmental Quality and the White House Climate Change Task Force. Under the auspices of the International Civil Aviation Organization, he co-chaired a multinational working group on market-based measures to limit greenhouse gas emissions.

Dr. Richard Somerville

Dr. Somerville Richard is Distinguished Professor Emeritus and Research Professor at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California, San Diego. Dr. Somerville is a meteorologist who has studied cloud physics and the interactions between aerosols and clouds. He was a Coordinating Lead Author in Working Group I for the 2007 Fourth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. In recent years Dr. Somerville has also published on the interaction of scientists with policymakers in the field of global climate change and on ethics and global change. Dr. Richard was an organizer of the 2007 Bali Climate Declaration by Scientists. This effort by climate scientists focused on ensuring quantitative scientific substance into the UN climate negotiations.

Dr. Tom Wigley

Dr. Wigley joined the University of Adelaide in Australia this year as a Professor. He is a specialist in large-scale climate and carbon-cycle modeling and climate data analysis. Before returning to the University of Adelaide where he received his PhD, he was a Senior Scientist at the National Center for Atmospheric Research in the US and he was director of the Climatic Research Unit in the School of Environmental Sciences at the University of East Anglia in Norwich, United Kingdom. Dr. Wigley is one of the few scientists who have used large scale models to understand the potential impact of geoengineering/climate intervention techniques. He is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.