Oceans Research Posters

Drawdown Learn Conference: Empowering Schools & Communities to Address Climate Change

Laura Weiland

The Omega Center for Sustainable Living (OCSL) opened in 2009 with the construction of our EcoMachine, a natural wastewater reclamation facility designed in partnership with acclaimed biologist, John Todd. As the world’s first LEED Platinum and Living Building Challenge certified project, the center receives thousands of visitors and many school groups each year. In 2018 we worked with Project Drawdown to produce the first Drawdown Learn Conference.

Enhanced Weathering is More Than A Coming Attraction, It's Earth's Main Event

Eric Matzner, Kelly Erhart, Pol Knops, Fransec Monserrat

When we look over the longterm, Earth's main mechanism for atmospheric CO2 removal is through the weathering of silicate minerals. This cycle, known as the carbonate-silicate cycle is responsible for counterbalancing the CO2 released from volcanos. Rock storage of CO2 should not be relegated to a "Coming Attraction" because it is Earth's main event, with 99.94% of carbon on Earth currently stored as rock in the Earth's crust through this process.

Ice911 Research: A Reversible Localized Geo-Engineering Technique to Mitigate Climate Change Effects

Leslie Field, Alex Sholtz, Lauren Polash

It is now known that the accelerated loss of Arctic Ice has a profound global effect, causing extreme weather events and driving up global temperatures.Ice911 is a nonprofit based out of Silicon Valley with the mission of restoring Arctic sea ice. Currently, Ice911 is acknowledged as the furthest ahead Arctic restoration effort in the world.

Mirrors for Earth’s Energy Rebalancing (MEER:ReflEction): Resource-Driven Engineering Leveraging Earth’s Chemistries to Immediately Offer Remediation

Ye Tao

Anthropogenic aerosols and greenhouse gases (GHG) enter the atmosphere as peoples exercise their unalienable rights in pursuit of well-being and prosperity.  Once airborne, the aerosols cool the Earth almost as much as co-emitted GHG warm it.  This balancing act has masked an additional 1C of warming, should the aerosols disappear when phasing out the fossil fuels without compensatory solar radiation management.  In this scenario, existing knowledge about ecosystem responses project a probabl

Ocean Current Turbines in Realistic Turbulence Environments

Peyman Razi

Understanding the effect of turbulent intensity (TI) is crucial in the wake models of Ocean Current Turbines (OCTs). The focus of this research is on generating the realistic data of spatial and temporal velocity with respect to coherence structure of inlet boundary conditions, and investigation the effect of these turbulence structures on wake profile to modify earlier a low-order analytical wake interaction model.

Swiss Exponential Climate Action Roadmap to 2050

John Moorhead, Alexandra Gavilano

In 2017, Switzerland ratified the Paris agreement and committed to reduce its carbon emissions by half by 2030 (from 1990 levels), including carbon offsets abroad. Switzerland also announced an indicative objective to reduce its emissions by 70%-85% until 2050 (from 1990 emissions), including offsets abroad. Studies that describe the existing solutions, their combined potential and the possible pathways to achieve such objectives are uncommon.

The New Carbon Economy

Kathleen Draper, Albert Bates

In the IPCC’s Special Report: Global Warming of 1.5 °C (2018), biochar was listed as one of several promising negative emissions technologies (NET).