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There is currently insufficient information to inform the emerging debate about geoengineering, this project will begin to address the gaps in our knowledge about effectiveness and side effects of geoengineering schemes. Integral to the assessment process is active and ongoing engagement with stakeholders, including science policy experts and the general public, to produce objective and informed policy-relevant science.
Integrated Assessment of Geoengineering Proposals (IAGP) is a four year research project, (October 2010 to February 2015) and is funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) and the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC). IAGP brings together a broad range of expertise, from climate modelling to philosophy and engineering to public perceptions to conduct an objective, policy-relevant assessment of geoengineering proposals.
IAGP is a multidisciplinary research project involving seven UK institutions and is led by Professor Piers Forster at the University of Leeds. IAGP partners include: Cardiff University, Lancaster University, University of East Anglia, University of Bristol, University of Oxford, and the Met Office. The partners are working together to address some of the major concerns regarding the effectiveness and potential side effects of geoengineering proposals. The scope of the project includes geoengineering ideas that involve the reflection of sunlight back to space (solar radiation management), schemes to remove CO2 from the atmosphere and store it for a long time (carbon dioxide removal) and the combined application of these proposals.
The IAGP project follows the Oxford Principles with respect to geoengineering research. These are a proposed set of guiding principles for the governance of geoengineering.