Who are we?
The Community Climate Intervention Strategies (CCIS) steering committee consists of members from a diverse background. We see an urgent need to create a community to tackle the very complex problem of identifying and assessing strategies to mitigate the impacts of future climate change. Our goal is to initiate the process of holistically assessing various means of addressing climate change including mitigation, adaptation and other interventions such as Carbon Dioxide Removal (CDR) and Solar Radiation Management (SRM) methods. This requires engaging not only those who observe and model the physical climate system, but also experts on the drivers of a changing climate and the impacts of climate on natural and human systems. This is a monumental task requiring the engagement of the entire international research community. Our Steering Committee has a mandate to provide scientifically valid information that is meaningful to the public and policy makers and to be inclusive to all research entities in an open and transparent way. We are initiating this forum to exchange information and initiate a research program to better understand potential benefits, risks and uncertainties for a range of climate intervention possibilities.
The formation of the CCIS steering committee is the result of the UCAR president’s strategic initiative. During a workshop in summer 2019, NCAR and UCAR scientists worked together to identify research and outreach needs of climate intervention strategies.
The internal UCAR workshop recommended organizing an open Community Climate Intervention Strategies workshop, bringing together a diverse representation of groups and topics important for the development of a unifying framework. Due to COVID-19 , the workshop that was planned for April 15-17th, 2020, had to be postponed to October 28-30th, 2020. In the meantime, a webinar series has been initiated to start gathering important information that will be a baseline for connecting currently disjunct communities.