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Tuana Wins NSF Grant to Support Research Network

“Embedding Philosophy in Climate Modeling and Decision Support”

Nancy Tuana is Co-Principle Investigator for a multi-institution research network on Sustainable Climate Risk Management (SCRiM) strategies.  The network is supported by an $11.9 million award from the National Science Foundation.  Led by geoscientist Klaus Keller and centered at Penn State, SCRiM links a transdisciplinary team of scholars at 19 universities and 5 research institutions across 6 nations to answer the question, “What are sustainable, scientifically sound, technologically feasible, economically efficient, and ethically defensible climate risk management strategies?”

The SCRiM goal of identifying sustainable, scientifically sound, technologically feasible, economically efficient, and ethically defensible climate risk management strategies requires attention to value decisions in order to ensure that the work of the network is both epistemically and ethically responsible.  The network is committed to both conducting the natural and social scientific assessments required to assure epistemically responsible and ethically defensible geoengineering research and policy strategies, and determining how tradeoffs among mitigation, adaptation, and geoengineering can be made through science and policy procedures that are ethically and epistemically responsible.  As most approaches to these tradeoff decisions do not make the coupled ethical-scientific considerations transparent, this project adds an important and unique dimension to the research of the SCRiM network.

The central focus of Tuana’s research is to identify coupled ethical-epistemic issues relevant to climate risk management strategy development. As coupled ethical-epistemic issues are a cross-cutting theme of SCRiM, this project includes the identification of new areas of concern as well as the identification of new or refined scientific questions triggered by coupled ethical-epistemic assessments. 

For more information about SCRiM see scrimhub.org