ST5.pdf - Aerosol and Cloud Microphysics and Chemistry(12.980 \u2013 Current Research Special Topic 5 Geoengineering Thursday

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Aerosol and Cloud Microphysics and Chemistry (12.980 – Current Research) Special Topic 5: Geoengineering Thursday, May 10, 2012 h"p://
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Next Tuesday Be “ready to go” before 9am. You can send presentaEons to me by 8am if you’d like to use course computer. Schedule: 9:00 Jimmy Gasore 9:15 Shaojie Song 9:30 Fabio Caiazzo 9:45 Colin Pike-­૒Thackray 10:00 Sarvesh Garimella 10:15 Renyu Hu 10:30 Paul Romer 12 minute talk, 1 minute wrap up, ~2 min Q&A
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ONLINE SUBJECT EVALUATIONS ARE NOW OPEN You have until Monday, May 21 at 9 AM Please evaluate all subjects in your list Write comments Your feedback is read and valued!
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Last Day Additions h"p://web.mit.edu/hurricanelab/ h"p://web.mit.edu/hurricanelab/LawrenceThesis.pdf RetardaEon of evaporaEon under hurricanes (doesn’t work with realisEc coaEngs – i.e., monolayers) Courtesy Allison Wing
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Final Thoughts on Weather Mod - Science of initiation step appears solid. After initiation the data is inconclusive. - For budget reasons there has been little research in weather modification since 2000 and essential no further testing. - Questions: (1) are people making a profit from weather modification impartial in their claims that it has a clear cause and effect? - (2) Is it better to do nothing than to do something? - (3) How can we decouple variability from cause and effect? - (4) If you were a program manager where would limited funds be spent?
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“Geoengineering” History Terraforming - transform (a planet) so as to resemble the earth, especially so that it can support human life (Oxford Dictionaries, normally attributed to Jack Williamson "Collision Orbit” (1942) although many similarities to H.G. Wells The War of the Worlds (1898)). Geoengineering - the deliberate large-scale manipulation of an environmental process that affects the earth’s climate, in an attempt to counteract the effects of global warming (Oxford Dictionaries). Generally attributed to Paul Crutzen (2006)
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