Our team is back from the American Geophysical Union (AGU) fall meeting in Washington, D.C. and we had a fantastic (and successful) time! Of particular interest was the Climate Change Solution section. Marking their centennial, AGU dedicated an entire section to climate change solutions, which is where we play a big role, fostering multidisciplinary interactions between the scientific community, like NASA, NCAR and the EPA and the media intrigued by these solutions.
NOAA also released its Arctic Report Card, which revealed some quite dire concerns around the ice in the Arctic. The oldest and thickest ice (the most reflective ice) in the Arctic has declined by 95% over the past three decades.
Additionally, the National Snow and Ice Data Center found the summer sea ice minimum extent has dropped to its smallest size in recorded history. It’s now below 3.41 million square kilometers or 1.32 million square miles. While this new data is very concerning, our solution to restore Arctic ice is the single safest lever in the fight to mitigate climate change.
During one of the many wonderful presentations, Mike MacCracken Chief Scientist for Climate Change Programs at the Climate Institute, spoke on the Paris Agreement. Even with the mitigation and conservation the countries have committed to reaching, we will see a significant rise in global temperatures, by 2.7 - 3.7 degrees Celsius, within 30 - 40 years. That means we really need to address other solutions that can reduce this temperature rise, and slow down the effects of climate change, like restoring Arctic ice!
Our founder Dr. Leslie Field presented on various Polar Restoration Action Group (PRAG) solutions and how our solution to restore Arctic ice is the most achievable at mitigating a changing climate.
You can view our poster on our development of a method for Arctic ice restoration using high-albedo reflective materials for localized surface treatments here.
You can view our poster on modeling and assessing impact of artificially enhancing the Arctic sea ice albedo here.
Climformatics provides our team detailed climate modeling, simulation and impact assessment of our albedo enhancing technology. Using the fully coupled Community Earth System Model (CESM) which consists of atmospheric, ocean, land and sea ice components interacting and exchanging water and energy fluxes via coupler, we simulate the effect of our material by perturbing the sea ice albedo in key Arctic regions and carry out detailed impact assessment of our technology both regionally, globally, as well as in the near and long term.
We hope you enjoy our photos below. A few of the conference and media events are viewable on AGU’s 2018 Fall Meeting YouTube channel.