CSPO Events

November 06, 2019 11:30am—1:30pm

Cooling a Warming Planet?

Results from Public Forums on Climate Intervention Research

This event is invitation only.

The scientific uncertainties and contested values surrounding geoengineering research, particularly for a class of methods called solar radiation management (SRM), make it a prime issue for which public deliberation can provide valuable input. With SRM research advancing to the field-research phase, the Consortium for Science, Policy & Outcomes (CSPO), with funding support from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, designed a set of public deliberations to explore questions of trust, transparency, consent, safety, collaboration, and other issues of importance related to SRM research.

During the deliberations, 171 diverse citizens discussed SRM research directions, prospective funders, and governance parameters. The deliberations demonstrate that informed lay citizens can productively discuss SRM research governance, acquiring both new knowledge and, through collective reasoning, new perspectives on the subject. Our results offer insights into some concrete constraints and conditions under which members of the public could support SRM research.


  • 11:30 am Welcome, project introduction, and lunch
  • 11:45 pm Participant data and forum results
  • 12:15 pm Panel discussion and Q&A
    • Frank Keutsch, Harvard University,
    • Jane Flegal, Bernard and Anne Spitzer Charitable Trust
    • Shuchi Talati, Union of Concerned Scientists,
    • Virginia Chanley, U.S. Government Accountability Office, and
    • Ivan Amato, DC Science Café (Moderator)
  • 1:30 pm Adjourn





Suggested report citation:

Kaplan, Leah, John Nelson, David Tomblin, Mahmud Farooque, Jason Lloyd, Mark Neff, Bjørn Bedsted, and Dan Sarewitz. “Cooling a Warming Planet? Public Forums on Climate Intervention Research.” Washington, DC: ASU Consortium for Science, Policy & Outcomes (November 2019).