Climatic Change

, Volume 143, Issue 1–2, pp 1–12 | Cite as

The Asia-Pacific’s role in the emerging solar geoengineering debate

  • Masahiro SugiyamaEmail author
  • Shinichiro Asayama
  • Atsushi Ishii
  • Takanobu Kosugi
  • John C. Moore
  • Jolene Lin
  • Penehuro F. Lefale
  • Wil Burns
  • Masatomo Fujiwara
  • Arunabha Ghosh
  • Joshua Horton
  • Atsushi Kurosawa
  • Andy Parker
  • Michael Thompson
  • Pak-Hang Wong
  • Lili Xia


Increasing interest in climate engineering in recent years has led to calls by the international research community for international research collaboration as well as global public engagement. But making such collaboration a reality is challenging. Here, we report the summary of a 2016 workshop on the significance and challenges of international collaboration on climate engineering research with a focus on the Asia-Pacific region. Because of the region’s interest in benefits and risks of climate engineering, there is a potential synergy between impact research on anthropogenic global warming and that on solar radiation management. Local researchers in the region can help make progress toward better understanding of impacts of solar radiation management. These activities can be guided by an ad hoc Asia-Pacific working group on climate engineering, a voluntary expert network. The working group can foster regional conversations in a sustained manner while contributing to capacity building. An important theme in the regional conversation is to develop effective practices of dialogues in light of local backgrounds such as cultural traditions and past experiences of large-scale technology development. Our recommendation merely portrays one of several possible ways forward, and it is our hope to stimulate the debate in the region.



We thank all the participants at the workshop for their intellectual inputs. This project was supported by the Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST) Research Institute of Science and Technology for Society (RISTEX) as part of the Future Earth project. We thank Kayoko Namba for her excellent logistical and research support.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Masahiro Sugiyama
    • 1
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  • Shinichiro Asayama
    • 2
  • Atsushi Ishii
    • 3
  • Takanobu Kosugi
    • 4
  • John C. Moore
    • 5
    • 6
  • Jolene Lin
    • 7
  • Penehuro F. Lefale
    • 8
  • Wil Burns
    • 9
  • Masatomo Fujiwara
    • 10
  • Arunabha Ghosh
    • 11
  • Joshua Horton
    • 12
  • Atsushi Kurosawa
    • 13
  • Andy Parker
    • 14
  • Michael Thompson
    • 15
  • Pak-Hang Wong
    • 16
  • Lili Xia
    • 17
  1. 1.Policy Alternatives Research InstituteThe University of TokyoTokyoJapan
  2. 2.Center for Social and Environmental Systems ResearchNational Institute for Environmental StudiesTsukubaJapan
  3. 3.Center for Northeast Asian StudiesTohoku UniversitySendaiJapan
  4. 4.College of Policy ScienceRitsumeikan UniversityOsakaJapan
  5. 5.Joint Center for Global Change Studies, College of Global Change and Earth System ScienceBeijing Normal UniversityBeijingChina
  6. 6.Arctic CentreUniversity of LaplandRovaniemiFinland
  7. 7.Faculty of LawThe University of Hong KongPokfulamHong Kong
  8. 8.External Affiliate, Joint Centre for Disaster Research (JCDR)Massey UniversityWellingtonNew Zealand
  9. 9.Forum for Climate Engineering AssessmentSchool of International Service, American UniversityBerkeleyUSA
  10. 10.Faculty of Environmental Earth ScienceHokkaido UniversitySapporoJapan
  11. 11.Council on Energy, Environment and WaterNew DelhiIndia
  12. 12.Belfer Center for Science and International AffairsHarvard Kennedy SchoolCambridgeUSA
  13. 13.Research and Development DivisionThe Institute of Applied EnergyTokyoJapan
  14. 14.Institute for Advanced Sustainability StudiesPotsdamGermany
  15. 15.Forum for Climate Engineering Assessment, School of International ServiceAmerican UniversityWashingtonUSA
  16. 16.Department of Social ScienceHang Seng Management CollegeSha TinHong Kong
  17. 17.Department of Environmental SciencesRutgers UniversityNew BrunswickUSA

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