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Keywords:

  • Geoengineering;
  • climate change;
  • regional climate

Abstract

We examine the climate impact of geoengineering via two different methods, namely, stratospheric SO2 injection and increasing reflectivity of marine stratocumulus clouds. Although both methods appear capable, in principle, of counteracting the global mean warming due to increases in greenhouse gas concentrations, significant changes in regional climate still result. The extent of this regional climate change appears linked to the location and degree of inhomogeneity of the radiative flux perturbations produced by each geoengineering method. © Crown Copyright 2010. Published with the permission of the Controller of HMSO and the Queen's Printer for Scotland