Accession Number : ADA543050
Title : Governing Geoengineering Research: A Political and Technical Vulnerability Analysis of Potential Near-Term Options
Descriptive Note : Technical rept.
Corporate Author : RAND CORP SANTA MONICA CA
Personal Author(s) : Lempert, Robert J ; Prosnitz, Don
Report Date : Jan 2011
Pagination or Media Count : 96
Abstract : Geoengineering, the large-scale, persistent, intentional altering of the globe's climate, is increasingly mentioned as a potential response to climate change. But evaluating the risks associated with any policy toward geoengineering confronts deep uncertainties concerning not only the desirability of deploying such systems but also the consequences of conducting research and large-scale experiments on climate modification. This report demonstrates a decision framework for conducting a risk analysis under such conditions of deep uncertainty. It also provides an initial evaluation of alternative near-term policies the U.S. government might pursue regarding the governance of geoengineering research. The analysis utilizes a vulnerability-and-response- option analysis decision framework, based on robust decisionmaking methods and utilizing a simple Bayesian belief net simulation, to compare the risks of alternative policy choices. The robust decisionmaking concepts employed in this report have been widely used by the RAND Corporation to address many climate-related and other policy questions but heretofore have not been applied to questions of geoengineering. This report should be of interest to policymakers, scholars, and researchers interested in the governance of geoengineering research, development, eventual deployment, and, especially, the security implications of geoengineering. This report is a product of the RAND Corporation's continuing program of self-initiated independent research.
Descriptors : *RISK ANALYSIS , *CLIMATE , POLICIES , POLITICAL SCIENCE , CORPORATIONS , VULNERABILITY , RESPONSE , SELF OPERATION , UNCERTAINTY , SIMULATION , MODIFICATION
Subject Categories : Meteorology
Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE