Carbon Mitigation Initiative Held 11th Annual Meeting on April 17-18, 2012
Meeting Highlights New Projects that Complement Established Mitigation Research on Princeton Campus
Meeting participants (Photos: Frank Wojciechowski)
Eric Larson, research engineer, PEI (left) and professor Zheng Li of Tsinghua University (right)
From left to right: Jorge Sarmiento, professor of geosciences, Claudie Beaulieu, recipient of the 2012 CMI Best Paper Award for Postdoctoral Fellows, and Ellen Williams, chief scientist, BP
Members of the Carbon Mitigation Initiative program gathered for the CMI 11th Annual Meeting on April 17 and 18, 2012, at Princeton University. Over 80 participants attended the two-day event including Princeton faculty and students, colleagues from BP, Harvard's Energy Technology Innovation Policy Program (ETIP), Tsinghua BP Clean Energy Research and Education Center and members of the CMI Advisory Council.
At the meeting, CMI members presented research advances made in 2011 in the fields of climate science, low-carbon energy technology, carbon capture and storage (CCS), and climate policy. Plenary sessions highlighted new initiatives on emerging nuclear technologies, tropical ecosystems response to global change, and molecular-based computational tools to study CCS systems, added this year to complement and expand CMI's core areas of research. Invited panelists from academia, non-profit organizations, and industry discussed potential benefits and risks associated with biological carbon offsets as well as emerging energy storage technologies during two deep dive sessions convened at the meeting.
At a reception on April 17, Ellen Williams, chief scientist at BP, announced the recipient of the 2012 CMI Best Paper Award for Postdoctoral Fellows. Williams named Claudie Beaulieu, a postdoctoral research associate in professor Jorge Sarmiento's group, as recipient of this year's award. The selected paper "Identification and Characterization of Abrupt Changes in the Land Uptake of Carbon," contributed to an improved understanding of temporal changes in Earth's carbon cycle and demonstrated the possibility for abrupt changes in terrestrial systems. It was published in the journal Global Biogeochemical Cycles in January of 2012.
Led by CMI co-directors Stephen Pacala and Robert Socolow since its formation in 2000, CMI aims to lead the way to a compelling and sustainable solution of the carbon and climate change problem. For additional information about CMI, see the newly released CMI 2011 annual report.