January 13, 2022

Stratospheric aerosol injection tactics and costs in the first 15 years of deployment

Published: November 2018 by Environmental Research Letters

Summary: A review of the aeronautical tactics and costs required to implement a hypothetical stratospheric aerosol injection program for the purpose of cooling the earth. The program is presumed to start in 2035, and aircraft fleet size, annual flight activity, and annual costs are calculated for the first 15 years of such a program.

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Wake Smith

Author, Lecturer, Geoengineering Researcher

As a lecturer at Yale University, Wake Smith teaches a world-leading undergraduate course on climate intervention, the syllabus of which forms the basis of this book. Smith is also a Senior Fellow at the Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business and Government at Harvard Kennedy School, writing scholarly articles on the aeronautics, costs, and governance of solar geoengineering. Prior to his academic career, Smith served in several executive roles in the commercial aviation industry, including as the President of the flight training division of Boeing and the COO of Atlas Air. He is a graduate of Yale College and Harvard Business School.

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