A Primer on Weather and Climate Intervention for Economists

19 Pages Posted: 19 Apr 2019

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Scott Knowles

Michigan State University

Mark Skidmore

Michigan State University - Department of Agricultural Economics

Date Written: 2019

Abstract

There is limited public discourse and understanding about the history and science of weather and climate intervention, though scientists have researched, tested and implemented numerous methods of weather modification for six decades. Also, climate-related geoengineering is steadily gaining support as a means of combatting rising global temperatures. With climate change and associated increasing occurrence of extreme weather events, there has not been a more providential moment to consider the implications of anthropogenic, atmospheric intervention. This paper summarizes information about weather and climate intervention with the aim of answering the question: Why aren’t more economists interested in evaluating weather and climate intervention activities?

Keywords: weather modification, cloud seeding, geoengineering, climate change, economic analysis

Suggested Citation

Knowles, Scott and Skidmore, Mark L., A Primer on Weather and Climate Intervention for Economists (2019). CESifo Working Paper No. 7586, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3374578

Scott Knowles (Contact Author)

Michigan State University ( email )

East Lansing, MI 48823
United States

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Mark L. Skidmore

Michigan State University - Department of Agricultural Economics ( email )

East Lansing, MI 48824
United States

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