MacMartin, D.; et al. (2019): Mission-driven research for stratospheric aerosol geoengineering

MacMartin, D.; Kravitz, B. (2019): Mission-driven research for stratospheric aerosol geoengineering. In: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America. DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1811022116.

„The last decade has seen broad exploratory research into stratospheric aerosol (SA) geoengineering, motivated by concern that reducing greenhouse gas emissions may be insufficient to avoid significant impacts from climate change. […] We highlight two important observations that follow from considering such a comprehensive, prioritized natural-science research effort. First, while field experiments may eventually be needed to reduce some of the uncertainties, we expect that the next phase of research will continue to be primarily model-based, with one outcome being to assess and prioritize which uncertainties need to be reduced (and, as a corollary, which field experiments can reduce those uncertainties). Second, we anticipate a clear separation in scale and character between small-scale experimental research to resolve specific process uncertainties and global-scale activities.“