Geoengineering the New Arctic: Integrating Technology and Policy for Control of Greenhouse Gas Emissions.
Ongoing greenhouse gas emissions have and will continue to cause significant climate change, particularly in Arctic regions. To respond to this crisis, an integrated framework where engineering, ecosystem science and policy are integrated must be crafted. Doing so will enable us to:
- identify and develop the most robust strategies for control of greenhouse gas emissions from permafrost (for mitigation of future climate change impacts),
- assess the impact of these strategies on polar ecosystem functioning - both positive and negative (to ensure that strategies for greenhouse gas control provide net positive benefits and that any negative consequences are identified and minimized),
- assess how proposed interventions affect local Arctic communities (to ensure adopted strategies do not pose an unreasonable burden on the indigenous population).