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Valuing Uncertainty and Risk in Carbon Emissions and Climate Policy

  • Thursday, April 26, 2018
  • 3:40 PM–4:30 PM
  • Science Building 110

Eric Marland, Appalachian State University

This talk will look at the role of uncertainty and risk in climate policy.  I will begin with the emissions side of carbon dynamics and some of our recent and current work related to NASA’s Carbon Monitoring System.  This work is related to the spatial distribution of carbon in the atmosphere and approaches to correlate land-based emissions data with remotely sensed observations.  I will then move to a brief discussion of the role of risk and uncertainty in comparing the emission and sequestration (uptake) of carbon.  This will then motivate a discussion of our current work with the US Forest Service which studies carbon offset programs such as the California Cap and Trade Program.  I will finish with some ideas for moving forward to the next stage of our research.

 Students in mathematics, statistics, sustainable development, accounting, and political science are working on these projects along with a number of faculty from across the university.  While the talk will include some technical scientific and mathematical details, it will be accessible to a wide range of backgrounds and interests.

Refreshments precede the talk at 3:30 p.m. in NH 282.

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