Project Overview

SRMGI was launched following the release of The Royal Society's Geoengineering the Climate Report. One of SRMGI's first goals was to better understand the current state of SRM science, and its surrounding uncertainties. This research culminated in a two-day SRMGI Conference in March, 2011. The conference produced a set of recommendations (including the Solar radiation management: the governance of research report) for guiding solar radiation management research.

Following the success of these initial recommendations, SRMGI began engaging perspectives on SRM research and its governance from a variety of experts and organizations across the globe. Specific attention was paid to constituencies often underrepresented in SRM discussions, namely developing countries. As a result, SRMGI led outreach meetings in Asia (India, China, and Singapore), the Middle East (Pakistan), and Africa (Senegal, South Africa, and Ethiopia) between 2010 and 2013. One product of these meetings was the report Governance of Research on Solar Geoengineering: African Perspectives. See the timeline below and our Events page for additional information.

SRMGI continues to foster interdisciplinary, international discussions to develop ideas for responsible SRM research and its governance through outreach meetings in, for example, Small Island States, South East Asia, and South America. Given SRMGI's current momentum, now is the time to broaden the debate by continuing global outreach to foster international participation, especially in areas where current involvement is low but potential impacts from geoengineering activities are high.

SRMGI Timeline

September, 2009 The Royal Society launches its Geoengineering the Climate Report.
March, 2010 Solar Radiation Management Governance Initiative launched.
SRMGI participates in The Asilomar International Conference on Climate Intervention Technologies sponsored by the Climate Response Fund.
July, 2010 SRMGI steering group finalized.
November 8-9, 2010 The Royal Society hosts Geoengineering – Taking control of our planet's climate at the Royal Society.
November 10-11, 2010 SRMGI Working group meeting at the Kavli Royal Society International Centre in England.
February, 2011 Three subgroups of the SRMGI Working Group produce discussion papers that are disseminated to stakeholder partners.
March 22-24, 2011 SRMGI Conference at the Kavli Royal Society International Centre in England. The conference produces recommendations to guide SRM research.
June 27, 2012 Governance of Solar Radiation Management (SRM) Research: African PerspectivesHosted by the African Academy of Sciences and The Academy of Science and Technology of Senegal, Dakar, Senegal
(Press Release)
November 28, 2012 Solar Geoengineering: Research, Governance, and African InvolvementHosted by the African Academy of Sciences, Boksburg, South Africa
January 14, 2013 African Involvement in Solar GeoengineeringHosted by the African Academy of Sciences, in conjunction with the Colloquium on African Geology, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
July 21-22, 2014 Climate engineering as a response to climate change? Exploring the science, ethics, and governance of solar geoengineering research. Hosted by the University of California, Berkeley as part of the Beahrs Environmental Leadership ProgramBerkeley, California, USA

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