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Date: 17 Apr 2013

Modeling meets science and technology: an introduction to a special issue on negative emissions


This article introduces the Climatic Change special issue dedicated to negative emissions technologies, also known as carbon dioxide removal (CDR) from the atmosphere. CDR is the only class of mitigation options able to reduce the carbon stock in the atmosphere significantly. In this special issue CDR is explored from the perspectives of integrated assessment, technology optimization, environmental science, and political science.

This article is part of a Special Issue on “Carbon Dioxide Removal from the Atmosphere: Complementary Insights from Science and Modeling” edited by Massimo Tavoni and Robert Socolow.
Producing this special issue has involved constructive interaction with the authors of the nine papers. We are especially grateful for the willingness of the lead authors (Chen Chen, Jae Edmonds, Sabine Fuss, Elmar Kriegler, Marco Mazzotti, James Meadowcroft, Lydia Smith, Marcello Vichi, and Detlef van Vuuren) and their coauthors to address our persistent inquiries and to provide us with the data in the Tables. We would also like to thanks the editors of Climatic Change, Michael Oppenheimer and Gary Yohe, for their encouragement and advice. Finally, we would like to thank Kristin Kuntz-Duriseti for her invaluable support during the lengthy editorial process. This work is part of the research developed under the GEMINA project, funded by the Italian Ministries for the Research and for the Environment, Land and Sea.