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 […]

DECIMALS: the trillion dollar project (sort of)

In his new book How to Spend a Trillion Dollars, science journalist Rowan Hooper explores how a trillion dollars might be spent on reducing suffering and encouraging human flourishing around the world. In addressing issues such as poverty reduction, global health care, and fighting climate change, Hooper considers ideas as varied as universal basic income, […]

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 Casimir Y. Da-Allada

Dr Casimir Y. Da Allada is the lead author of the first SRM study to come from an LDC. Photo: Casimir Y. Da Allada In June, Beninese oceanographer Dr Casimir Y. Da-Allada was lead author on the first SRM modelling paper to come from a Least Developed Country. We recently had a chance to catch […]

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 […]

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 SRM study from an LDC

Today, the Benin DECIMALS team published their first paper in Earth’s Future, exploring how SRM could affect the West African monsoon. Using modelling data from the GLENS project, the study finds that SRM would reduce climate-caused disruptions to rainfall in the Northern Sahel and Southern Sahel. However, it also finds that SRM would be projected to […]

Interview with Dr Izidine Pinto

Dr Izidine Pinto is the lead author of the first SRM modelling study from Africa. Photo: Izidine Pinto In January, global SRM research reached an important milestone: the publication of the world’s first African research paper on solar geoengineering. The paper’s lead author was Mozambican climatologist Dr Izidine Pinto, working with colleagues at the University of […]

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.