India November 2016 – SRMGI

India November 2016

SRMGI and CEEW partner again in Delhi

On 29 November 2016, the Council on Energy Environment and Water (CEEW), in partnership with the SRM Governance Initiative, hosted a workshop on SRM geoengineering in Delhi, India.  This was the second workshop to be held in partnership between SRMGI and CEEW, following a workshop in September 2011 – the first developing country workshop ever co-organised by SRMGI.

Following the standard SRMGI format, the Delhi workshop involved presentations and discussions on climate change, on the potential impacts of SRM, and the latest research from the sciences and social sciences.

Andy Parker, Dr Arunabha Ghosh, Prof. Govindasamy Bala and Prof. Saroj Mishra during the opening session in Dehli. Photo credit: CEEW.

The workshop was opened by Dr Arunabha Ghosh, founder and CEO of CEEW, and member of the 2010 SRMGI working group.  Reminding the participants of the multiple threats of climate change and the risks of a global technology like SRM geoengineering, Dr Ghosh made the case for further critical consideration of SRM in India.

The opening session consisted of three presentations, as Prof Govindasamy Bala of the Indian Institute of Science (IISc) in Bangalore, Andy Parker of SRMGI and the IASS Potsdam, and Prof Saroj Mishra of IISc, provided an introduction to SRM geoengineering.  Profs Bala and Mishra are two of the most experienced SRM modellers in India and their presentations outlined the state of SRM science, including projected impacts on temperatures, precipitation and extreme weather.

Discussing the state of research around Asia

Following a group Q&A, the day’s second session focused on research around Asia. Prof Rodel Lasco of the Oscar M Lopez Center (Philippines), Prof Chen Ying of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, Dr Shinichiro Asayama of the National Institute for Environmental Studies (Japan), and Dr Nanda Kumar Janardhanan of the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (India), each gave updates on the state of SRM research in their respective countries, also presenting the results of their own research.

Researchers from several Asian countries including the Philippines, China, Japan and India gave updates on the state of SRM research in their respective countries. Photo credit: CEEW.

In the afternoon session the workshop began to focus on governance, and in particular the most immediate challenge: how research can be governed and the role that developing countries can play.  After presentations from Arunabha Ghosh, Andy Parker and Aditya Nalam (Indian Institute for Science), participants broke up into two groups to explore general attitudes to SRM and its development, and potential next steps for India and research governance.

Participants breaking up into small groups to explore general attitudes to SRM and its development, potential next steps for India, and research governance. Photo credit: CEEW.

Looking ahead

For the final session of the day, Dr Vaibhav Chaturvedi of CEEW moderated a discussion where Arunabha Ghosh, Chen Ying and Shinichiro Asayama shared their views on the next stages with Asian engagement with SRM research and its governance.

The participants to the 2016 Indian workshop in Delhi. Photo credit: CEEW.

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