Kiel Institute Summer School

The Challenge of Climate Engineering

09 - 15 Jun 2013

Climate change poses a major challenge to governments, industry and society. Since international negotiations on the control of greenhouse gas emissions have so far not led to an agreement that is able to avoid dangerous climate change, researchers, governments, and actors in civil society have started to consider, among other things, new options that could support the mitigation of climate change. Carbon capture and storage and climate engineering, including both carbon dioxide removal (CDR) and solar radiation management (SRM), are prominent options considered. Before testing or implementing any of these options, the economic, social, ethical and technical aspects as well as the associated risks need to be evaluated. The summer school aims to provide information on the current state of developments in the field of climate engineering covering a variety of disciplines.

The summer school addresses PhD students and researchers from various disciplines, as well as members of policy institutions. It comprises lectures by professors, presentations by participants, reading time, consultation sessions and social events. Participants are expected to actively engage in debates on the topics discussed in class and jointly prepare the panel discussion with policy makers at the final day of the summer school.    

The Speakers

James R. Fleming (Colby College, Maine)
Sebastian Harnisch (University of Heidelberg)
Klaus Lackner (Earth Institute, Columbia University)
Thomas Leisner (KIT, Karlsruhe)
Andreas Oschlies (Geomar Kiel)
Christopher Preston (University of Montana)
Alexander Proelss (University of Trier)
Wilfried Rickels (Kiel Institute)