"The debate should be reframed around a preferable and more likely policy goal of deploying a carefully designed suite of smaller scale solutions," say the authors, Mark Stafford Smith, former IGBP vice chair and director of climate adaptation CSIRO in Australia and Lynn Russell, former IGBP scientific committee and academic at Scripps Institution of Oceanography.
The authors say this will require a very different approach to the type of research required to help policymakers, "research that is not currently being undertaken".
"If the scientific community does not reorient these activities, it will not be ready to assist policy decisions when, and if, they become necessary."
This research is linked to the IGBP synthesis on geoengineering.
A resilience view on reframing geoengineering research and implementation
February 2012, Vol. 3, No. 1, Pages 23-25 , DOI 10.4155/cmt.11.71
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