Articles | Volume 13, issue 1
Research article
31 Jan 2022
Research article |  | 31 Jan 2022

Exploration of a novel geoengineering solution: lighting up tropical forests at night

Xueyuan Gao, Shunlin Liang, Dongdong Wang, Yan Li, Bin He, and Aolin Jia


Interactive discussion

Status: closed

Comment types: AC – author | RC – referee | CC – community | EC – editor | CEC – chief editor | : Report abuse
  • CC1: 'Comment on esd-2021-85', Richard Rosen, 08 Nov 2021
    • AC1: 'Reply on CC1', Xueyuan Gao, 19 Nov 2021
      • CC2: 'Reply on AC1', Richard Rosen, 20 Nov 2021
        • AC2: 'Reply on CC2', Xueyuan Gao, 20 Nov 2021
  • RC1: 'Comment on esd-2021-85', Anonymous Referee #1, 06 Dec 2021
    • AC3: 'Reply on RC1', Xueyuan Gao, 17 Dec 2021
  • RC2: 'Comment on esd-2021-85', Jessica Gurevitch, 10 Dec 2021
    • AC4: 'Reply on RC2', Xueyuan Gao, 17 Dec 2021

Peer review completion

AR: Author's response | RR: Referee report | ED: Editor decision
ED: Reconsider after major revisions (20 Dec 2021) by Ben Kravitz
AR by Xueyuan Gao on behalf of the Authors (25 Dec 2021)  Author's response
ED: Publish subject to technical corrections (04 Jan 2022) by Ben Kravitz
Short summary
Numerical experiments with a coupled Earth system model show that large-scale nighttime artificial lighting in tropical forests will significantly increase carbon sink, local temperature, and precipitation, and it requires less energy than direct air carbon capture for capturing 1 t of carbon, suggesting that it could be a powerful climate mitigation option. Side effects include CO2 outgassing after the termination of the nighttime lighting and impacts on local wildlife.
Final-revised paper