Joseph E. Aldy, Tyler Felgenhauer, William A. Pizer, Massimo Tavoni, Mariia Belaia, Mark E. Borsuk, Arunabha Ghosh, Garth Heutel, Daniel Heyen, Joshua Horton, David Keith, Christine Merk,Juan Moreno-Cruz, Jesse L. Reynolds, Katharine Ricke, Wilfried Ricke
December 2021 | Technology Futures
Suggested citation: Aldy, Joseph E., Tyler Felgenhauer, William A. Pizer, Massimo Tavoni, Mariia Belaia, Mark E. Borsuk, Arunabha Ghosh et al. "Social science research to inform solar geoengineering." Science 374, no. 6569 (2021): 815-818.
This paper highlights three themes for advancing policy-relevant social science research on solar geoengineering. It examines the costs, benefits, risks, and uncertainty of solar geoengineering; the political economy of its deployment; and its role in a climate strategy portfolio. As the prospect of average global warming exceeding 1.5°C becomes increasingly likely, interest in supplementing mitigation and adaptation with solar geoengineering responses will almost certainly rise. However, the physical and social science literature on the technology remains modest compared with mitigation and adaptation.