DECIMALS Fund – second call for proposals opens today

The Degrees Initiative, in partnership with TWAS, The World Academy of Sciences, is pleased to announce the opening of the second call for proposals for the DECIMALS Fund. DECIMALS (Developing Country Impacts Modelling Analysis for SRM) supports teams of scientists in the Global South as they model how solar radiation modification geoengineering (SRM) might affect […]

Remembering Prof. Laban Ogallo

It is with great sadness that we learned of the passing of Professor Laban Ogallo on 20 November 2020. Laban served as one of the three SRMGI co-chairs from 2017 to 2020 and helped guide the expansion of the initiative in 2018. Born in Kenya in 1950, Laban was a pioneer of climate science and meteorology […]

Could SRM help Cape Town avoid ‘Day Zero’ droughts?

Dr Romaric C. Odoulami is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the African Climate and Development Initiative at the University of Cape Town. He is the lead author of a major new SRM study. Photo: Romaric C. Odoulami Beninese climatologist Dr Romaric Odoulami is the lead author of a major new study that assesses how sunlight […]

Interview with Dr Khalil Karami

Dr Khalil Karami is the lead author of the first SRM modelling study to come from the MENA region. Photo: Khalil Karami In June, the Iran DECIMALS team led by Dr Khalil Karami published its first SRM research paper.  We talked with Khalil about the study and his path to leading the region’s first SRM […]

Proceedings: US National Academies workshop on SRM research governance

In September 2019, our Project Director Andy Parker was invited to present to the US National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine’s panel on SRM governance. His comments were published recently in the session proceedings. Reflecting on his experiences working on SRMGI (The Degrees Initiative), Andy argued that building developing country capacity to evaluate SRM should be […]

First SRM study from the MENA region

The Iran DECIMALS team just published their first study in Geophysical Research Letters, exploring how SRM could affect storm tracks in the MENA region. Analysing modelling data from the GLENS project, the study finds that SRM could partially offset the poleward shift of storm tracks induced by global warming, and thus reduce some water stresses in […]

First African SRM research paper

January saw a landmark for the global evaluation of SRM and also a landmark for SRMGI (The Degrees Initiative). A research team based at the University of Cape Town published the first African research paper on SRM, and first to come from our DECIMALS Fund. Entitled “Africa’s Climate Response to Solar Radiation Management with Stratospheric Aerosol”, […]

DECIMALS at the AGU

Earlier this month, SRMGI supported the South Africa DECIMALS team to present their work to the American Geophysical Union fall meeting in San Francisco.

First three African master’s theses on SRM

We extend our congratulations to Wilfred Francis Domingo and Olabi Léonard Worou from Benin. Along with José Ricardo Kouakou from Côte d’Ivoire, they became the first African students to defend master’s theses on SRM in 2019. Wilfred Francis’s thesis explored with the possible impacts of SRM on the variability of tropical Atlantic dynamics, while Olabi […]

Harvard research residencies

The Harvard Solar Geoengineering Research Program is the world’s largest SRM research group and it runs a rolling programme of short term research residencies for leading researchers. In September it hosted a special two-week residency for DECIMALS scientists. Four researchers made the trip to Cambridge, Massachusetts: Dr Heri Kuswanto (Indonesia) Dr Frederic Bonou (Benin) Prof. Ines […]