The research collaborators

Collaboration between the DECIMALS research teams and experienced SRM modelling scientists is a crucial part of the DECIMALS research process. While the DECIMALS scientists are experts in modelling the local impacts of climate change, few have worked on SRM before. Therefore, each team has been paired up with at least one SRM modelling expert and they will work together remotely over the duration of the DECIMALS projects. Eight of the world’s most experienced SRM modellers have volunteered for the research collaborator role, which is unpaid. The research collaboration should be mutually beneficial, with the SRM experts learning about local climate impact modelling, and the DECIMALS scientists learning more about the wrinkles of modelling SRM geoengineering. Further, the regular collaborations between the DECIMALS teams and the pool of collaborators will help connect the teams with the people, debates and opportunities of the wider SRM research community.

The DECIMALS research collaborators are:

Dr Pete IrvineDr Pete Irvine (British)
University College London

Dr Pete Irvine is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences working in Prof. David Keith’s group. Dr Irvine conducts research on the climate and broader impacts of solar geoengineering and works to put those findings into perspective with the risks posed by climate change. Dr Irvine was awarded his PhD on the climate response to solar geoengineering in 2012 and worked after this as a post-doc at the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies, Potsdam. In recent work, Dr Irvine has worked on novel analyses for evaluating solar geoengineering’s performance at offsetting climate change, and is currently working to evaluate the effects of solar geoengineering on drought and aridity. Beyond this, Dr Irvine has published on the sea-level rise response to solar geoengineering, produced reviews of its climate impacts, and collaborated to produce several interdisciplinary pieces addressing the broader socio-political implications of solar geoengineering.

Prof. Ben KravitzProf. Ben Kravitz (American)
University of Indiana

Ben Kravitz is an internationally recognized scientist in climate modelling studies of geoengineering and large perturbations to the climate system. He is the co-founder of the Geoengineering Model Intercomparison Project (GeoMIP), a collaboration between climate modelling centers throughout the world to better understand the expected climate effects of various geoengineering scenarios. Results from GeoMIP have been featured in the Fifth and Sixth Assessment Reports of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, for which Ben served as a contributing author, and multiple reports on geoengineering from the U.S. National Academies. He has received an Early Career Scientist Award from the International Union of Geodesy and Geophysics and the Ronald L. Brodzinski Award for Early Career Exceptional Achievement from Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. He has been invited to speak on a variety of climate science topics domestically and internationally, including at the US National Academy of Sciences on the national security implications of climate change and on geoengineering. Ben is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences at Indiana University. His activities include using engineering techniques in climate models to better understand climate feedbacks, studying teleconnections in the climate system, and developing climate model emulators for use in Integrated Assessment Models.

Dr Doug McMartinDr Doug McMartin (Canadian)
Cornell University & California Institute of Technology

Douglas MacMartin splits his time between Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering at Cornell University and Computing and Mathematical Sciences at the California Institute of Technology. His primary research focus is on solar climate engineering, or geoengineering; working to develop the knowledge base for society to make informed future decisions on these technologies. This includes addressing questions such as estimating climate impacts, using design principles to improve outcomes, how to assess and manage uncertainty in predictions, and attribution. While too little is known today, it is plausible that these ideas could become an additional element of an overall strategy to minimize risks from climate change. In addition to geoengineering, research also includes applying engineering dynamics and feedback analysis to study climate dynamics and variability more broadly, and he is also involved in control design for the Thirty Meter Telescope project. He has authored or co-authored more than 60 journal articles and 70 conference papers, as well as several book chapters on flow control and patents on active noise control. In 2017, he testified in the US Congress at a hearing on geoengineering, and provided briefings to state government and to IPCC lead authors. He received his Bachelors’ degree from the University of Toronto in 1987, and Ph.D. in Aeronautics and Astronautics from MIT in 1992. Prior to joining Caltech in 2000, he led the active control research and development program at United Technologies Research Center.

Prof. John MooreProf. John Moore (British)
Beijing Normal University & University of Lapland, Finland

John Moore, British, is the Chief Scientist of GCESS at Beijing Normal University and a Research Professor at University of Lapland, Finland. He is also a Member of the Finnish Academy of Science and Letters, an affiliate of the Chinese Academy of Sciences Center for Excellence in Tibetan Plateau Earth Sciences, and a Guest Professor at the Polar Research Institute of China. Awarded the China Friendship medal 2014, he was also a China “1000 talent” awardee in 2010. John was Chief Scientist on the 2007-2009 Kinnvika International Polar Year project, member of the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) Advisory Panel on Geoengineering, Steering Committee member of the World Climate Research Program (WCRP), Geoengineering Model Intercomparison Project (GeoMIP), Finnish representative on the International Arctic Science Committee (IASC) Glaciology Network. He has been a member/leader of 6 Antarctic, 4 Greenland and 20 Svalbard expeditions. As a PhD student, he developed the Dielectric Profiling (DEP) method for rapid analysis of ice cores – now a standard technique for ice coring. One of Finland’s first joint university professors at the Arctic Centre, University of Lapland, and also with Thule Institute, University of Oulu. John was selected by NASA to help design the orbiting radar for the Jovian moon Europa, and is also one of the first non-Chinese born leaders of a major research program in China – the Chinese geoengineering research program. His research activities focus on geoengineering, sea level change, and ice sheet dynamics. He has authored 180 SCI articles (~11,000 citations, H-index=48, 18 articles published in PNAS & the “Nature” group). Editor of PNAS.

Dr Helene MuriDr Helene Muri (Norwegian & British)
Norwegian University of Science and Technology

Helene Muri is a senior researcher at Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) and holds a D.Phil (PhD) in Atmospheric Physics from the University of Oxford from 2009. After a post-doc at Université catholique de Louvain, Belgium, on ERC Advanced Grant on paleo-monsoons in East Asia, Muri has been working as a researcher in Norway at the University of Oslo on climate geoengineering. Her research has been focussed on Earth system modelling of solar radiation management techniques, contributing to the Geoengineering Model Intercomparison Project (GeoMIP) with simulations with the NorESM model. She also serves on the steering committee of GeoMIP and Carbon Dioxide Removal Model Intercomparison Project (CDR-MIP). She was the leader on projects “Exploring the potential and side-effects of climate engineering (EXPECT)” and “Potential of bio-energy with carbon capture and storage to limit warming to 1.5°C”, and has more than 50 scientific publications. Muri has been working on the modelling of multiple climate geoengineering techniques, including solar dimming, stratospheric aerosol injections, marine cloud brightening and cirrus cloud thinning, and the interpretation of the climate responses to these over the past decade.

Dr Simone TilmesDr Simone Tilmes (German & American)
National Center for Atmospheric Research

Dr Simone Tilmes is a Project Scientist II at National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) and the liaison for the Community Earth System Model (CESM) chemistry-climate working group. Her scientific interests cover the understanding and evaluation of chemical, aerosol and dynamical processes in chemistry-climate models. She has investigated past, present and future evolutions of the ozone hole in both hemispheres based on models and observations. Further research includes interactions in tropospheric chemistry, aerosols, air quality, long-range transport of pollutants, and tropospheric ozone. She is also studying the impact of geoengineering on the Earth’s climate system, the hydrological cycle, sea-ice, and the impact of solar radiation management on dynamics and chemistry in both the troposphere and the stratosphere. Together with a team of scientists, she produced the first stratospheric aerosol geoengineering large ensemble (GLENS) using the Whole Atmosphere Community Climate Model (WACCM), which has been made available to the community in order to investigate the benefits, side effects and risks of stratospheric aerosol geoengineering.

Dr Mari TyeDr Mari Tye (British & American)
National Center for Atmospheric Research

Mari Tye is a Project Scientist in the Climate Change Research group of the Climate and Global Dynamics Lab at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) in Boulder, Colorado. Her research centers on extreme weather and climate phenomena and their anticipated evolution with climate change. Mari’s two main foci are understanding the likely societal consequences of climate interventions (e.g. through changes in drought regimes), and translating global circulation model output into useful information for water resource managers. Through her background as a Professional Civil Engineer, Mari facilitates collaborations between ground-breaking atmospheric science research and decision-makers. In this capacity she is the current Chair of the American Society of Civil Engineers Committee on Adaptation to a Changing Climate. Mari joined NCAR in 2012 after completing her PhD in statistical climatology at Newcastle University, UK, in 2012. Prior to this, Mari worked as a Civil Engineer in flood prevention and mitigation focussing on resilient drainage solutions for surface water flooding. She also worked in Uganda reviewing water and sanitation in and around Kabbubu Village and helping to develop “low regret” solutions to improve the facilities and water supplies.

Dr Daniele VisioniDr Daniele Visioni (Italian)
Cornell University

Daniele Visioni is a climate modeler, and currently a Research Associate at Cornell University. He’s also currently the co-chair of the Geoengineering Model Intercomparison Project (GeoMIP). He received is PhD in Atmospheric Physics and Chemistry from the University of L’Aquila, in Italy. His main area of research is the evolution and behavior of stratospheric sulfate aerosols and their impacts on clouds, stratospheric composition and surface climate. His current work with Earth System Models aims to understand the impacts of geoengineering as a function of different possible decisions, strategies and scenarios, to inform policymakers on the potential and limitations of geoengineering. He as also worked as part of the Climate Chemistry Model Intercomparison (CCMI) project to understand the future evolution of stratospheric ozone, and to understand the climate response to explosive volcanic eruptions.

Dr Lili XiaDr Lili Xia (Chinese)
Rutgers University

Dr Lili Xia is a Research Associate at Rutgers University working with Dr Alan Robock. She graduated in 2014 with a PhD from the Atmospheric Sciences Graduate Program at Rutgers University – New Brunswick. She has been working on simulating sulphate injection geoengineering using climate models and focusing on estimating climate change impacts on agriculture, ecosystem, and air pollutants (e.g. surface ozone) under geoengineering.  She actively collaborates with the Geoengineering Model Intercomparison Project (GeoMIP) and the Agricultural Model Intercomparison and Improvement Project (AgMIP), to introduce geoengineering to the crop modelling community as one of the future climate scenarios. She is also interested in the interaction between land and the atmosphere through the biosphere. Another project Dr Xia is working on is to evaluate global agriculture impacts from a simulated regional nuclear conflict. She has published 11 peer-reviewed papers and 2 book chapters on her research.