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Research article
24 May 2016
Research article |  | 24 May 2016

Geoengineering as a design problem

Ben Kravitz, Douglas G. MacMartin, Hailong Wang, and Philip J. Rasch

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Most simulations of solar geoengineering prescribe a particular strategy and evaluate its modeled effects. Here we first choose example climate objectives and then design a strategy to meet those objectives in climate models. We show that certain objectives can be met simultaneously even in the presence of uncertainty, and the strategy for meeting those objectives can be ported to other models. This is part of a broader illustration of how uncertainties in solar geoengineering can be managed.
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