2017 Summit: Geo-Engineering as a Solution to Climate Change

Friday, March 10, 4:10pm, Weinmann Hall, Room TBD

The anthropogenic manipulation of earth’s environmental processes, commonly known as geo-engineering, has been presented as a potential weapon to combat climate change and ocean acidification. Scientists have suggested methods such as iron fertilization and solar radiation management; however, these geo-engineering methods may be scientifically far fetched and unfit for current regulatory regimes. Experts will examine geo-engineering strategies and whether they are scientifically and legally plausible, with a particular focus on Louisiana.

Edward Richards J.D. M.P.H., Director, Program in Law, Science, and Public Health; Clarence W. Edwards Professor of Law, LSU Law Center

Professor Richards received his undergraduate degree in biology and behavioral science from Rice University, studied human physiology and biochemistry as a graduate student at Baylor College of Medicine, physical chemistry and drug design at the University of Michigan, received his J.D. from the University of Houston and his M.P.H. (Masters of Public Health) from the University of Texas School of Public Health. He is the Clarence W. Edwards Professor of Law at the Louisiana State University Law Center, and Director of the Program in Law, Science, and Public Health. He is currently researching the impact of sea level rise and climate change on coastal disaster risks. Email – richards@lsu.edu; Climate Change Blog – http://sites.law.lsu.edu/coast/; SSRN – http://ssrn.com/author=222637


Kanchan Maiti, Assistant Professor, Department of Oceanography and Coastal Sciences, Louisiana State University

maitiKanchan Maiti is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Oceanography and Coastal Sciences, Louisiana State University. He received a Bachelors’ degree in Geology from Presidency College, Calcutta, a Masters’ degree in Applied Geology from the Indian Institute of Technology, Roorkee, and a Ph.D. in Chemical Oceanography from the University of South Carolina, Columbia. He then received the prestigious Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution Postdoctoral Fellowship in marine chemistry. His research is focused on using natural radioisotopes as tracers of particulate carbon export from the upper ocean to understand the biologically mediated export of carbon to deeper ocean and how it might change in future.   He has also applied the same suite of short-lived isotopes to understand the fate and transport of particle reactive organic contaminants like Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons in the deep ocean. In recent times, since moving next to one of the largest hypoxia zone in the world, his research has been focused on understanding exchange processes between the sediments and the overlying water column and how that might impact ocean acidification, expansion of oxygen deficient conditions and carbon biogeochemical cycle. At LSU he teaches Chemical Oceanography, Marine Sediments, Isotope Geochemistry and Global Biogeochemical Cycles to over 100 graduate and undergraduate students annually. In 2015 he was awarded the LSU Alumni Association Rising Faculty Research Award, LSU Tiger Athletic Foundation Undergraduate Teaching Award and Lipsey Outstanding Teaching Award.  He is a member of the American Geophysical Union (AGU), the Association for the Sciences of Limnology and Oceanography (ASLO), and The Oceanography Society (TOS) and is also an elected member of the LSU Senate.


Robert R.M. Verchick (Moderator), Gauthier-St. Martin Eminent Scholar and Chair in Environmental Law and Senior Fellow at Tulane University’s Disaster Resilience Leadership Academy