Carbon Mitigation Initiative News – Fall 2014

Holly P. Welles ・ High Meadows Environmental Institute

The Carbon Mitigation Initiative (CMI) held its 13th annual meeting at Princeton University on April 15 and 16, 2014. More than 90 participants gathered to discuss CMI’s most recent initiatives in the areas of low-carbon energy and carbon storage, storage, and policy. Attendees included Princeton faculty and students and colleagues from BP, the Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory (GFDL), Harvard’s Energy Technology Innovation Policy Program (ETIP), Rutgers Energy Institute, the U.S. Department of Energy, and Resources for the Future.

CMI Annual Meeting 2014

At the meeting, CMI lead investigators reported on recent research advances in ocean and terrestrial carbon science, geothermal energy, and risk analyses for below-ground CO2 and methane. Two new members of the Princeton faculty were invited to introduce their work on energy-efficient buildings and battery technology. In the first of two deep dives, three representatives from the Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory provided an update on climate science including “certainty,” simulation tools, and evaluation of extreme events. For the second deep dive, three CMI advisory council members presented an overview of the current Washington and international policy scene.

During an evening reception on April 15th Ellen Williams, chief scientist at BP, awarded the 2014 CMI Best Paper Award to two Princeton postdoctoral students: Sarah Batterman and Thomas Fröelicher.

The American Academy of Arts and Sciences, one of the nation’s most prestigious honorary societies, elected Robert Socolow as a member. Socolow, one of 204 elected members in the class of 2014, is Professor Emeritus of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at Princeton University where he is also an associated faculty member at the Princeton Environmental Institute, Co-director of the Carbon Mitigation Initiative, and Director of the Climate and Energy Challenge.