Geoengineering the Climate: An Issue for Peace and Security Studies?
The conference program is online here.
Research context of this workshop
There is a growing interest in the intentional manipulation and control of the climate system – known as “geoengineering” or “climate engineering”. Related concepts are moving into the mainstream debate. This is in part due to some scientists and political authorities considering geoengineering as a “Plan B” option for a “global last resort” to counter catastrophic climate change. Besides a growing research in climate engineering options the ethical and political discourse is picking up speed as well.
While research on climate engineering is attracting resources and interest, there is a lack of understanding of the potential consequences, in particular for peace and security. Actions that intentionally modify global temperature can induce difficult issues concerning national, international and regional security that could lead to new security dilemmas. As far as human and environmental security are concerned, the risks of geoengineering could provoke local responses of people who are concerned about the potential impacts and risks. This link between the global and local levels may have profound geostrategic implications and could provoke complex conflict constellations across geographic scales.
This workshop aims for a better understanding of the potential impacts of geoengineering. It provides a first mapping of the problem landscape and identifies knowledge gaps and emerging research questions. In particular, the workshop will explore the possible implications of geoengineering for peace and security affairs, based on a systematic analysis of geoengineering options and a taxonomy of possible consequences. It will discuss potential risks in an open discourse that involves researchers from various interdisciplinary backgrounds.
Date of the conference
November 10 & 11, 2011
Supporting organizations and organizing committee
- KlimaCampus, University of Hamburg
- Research Group Climate Change and Security (CLISEC), University of Hamburg
- Institute for Peace Research and Security Policy (IFSH), University of Hamburg
- Carl Friedrich von Weizsäcker-Center for Science and Peace Research (ZNF), University of Hamburg
- adelphi research, Berlin
Christian Alwardt, Holger Braun-Thürmann, Michael Brzoska, Martin Kalinowski, P. Michael Link, Achim Maas, Götz Neuneck, Jürgen Scheffran, Janpeter Schilling
A pdf document summarizing key aspects of the workshop can be downloaded here (PDF)