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Climate Action Gaming Experiment: Methods and Example Results

Department of Nuclear, Plasma, and Radiological Engineering, University of Illinois atUrbana-Champaign, MC-234, Urbana, IL 61801, USA
Department of Geology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, MC-235, Urbana, IL 61801,USA
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Academic Editor: Palmiro Poltronieri
Challenges 2015, 6(2), 202-228;
Received: 21 July 2015 / Revised: 24 August 2015 / Accepted: 28 August 2015 / Published: 7 September 2015
An exercise has been prepared and executed to simulate international interactions on policies related to greenhouse gases and global albedo management. Simulation participants are each assigned one of six regions that together contain all of the countries in the world. Participants make quinquennial policy decisions on greenhouse gas emissions, recapture of CO2 from the atmosphere, and/or modification of the global albedo. Costs of climate change and of implementing policy decisions impact each region’s gross domestic product. Participants are tasked with maximizing economic benefits to their region while nearly stabilizing atmospheric CO2 concentrations by the end of the simulation in Julian year 2195. Results are shown where regions most adversely affected by effects of greenhouse gas emissions resort to increases in the earth’s albedo to reduce net solar insolation. These actions induce temperate region countries to reduce net greenhouse gas emissions. An example outcome is a trajectory to the year 2195 of atmospheric greenhouse emissions and concentrations, sea level, and global average temperature. View Full-Text
Keywords: climate change; model; solar radiation management; simulation climate change; model; solar radiation management; simulation
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Singer, C.; Matchett, L. Climate Action Gaming Experiment: Methods and Example Results. Challenges 2015, 6, 202-228.

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