Quantifying CO2 Emissions: Essential Groundwork in Creating Regional Climate Solutions
Please join our special guests Dr. Kevin Gurney (NAU), Dr. Nilmini Silva-Send (USD), and Dr. Ralph Keeling (Scripps), who will share their groundbreaking work and introduce the concepts of Emissions Monitoring, Reporting, and Verifications (MRV), all of which will position us to advocate for the best possible zero emissions solutions.Cities throughout the US have been adapting Climate Action Plans (CAP) with baseline Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emission inventories. Years later, what progress has been made? Are we on track to meet climate goals? Can we identify precisely where emissions are coming from? Would knowing help us prioritize remediation efforts? Are there improved measurements tools, and how can they be utilized?
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About the speakers:Dr. Kevin Gurney is an Atmospheric Scientist, Ecologist and Policy expert currently working in the areas of carbon cycle science, climate science, and climate science policy at Northern Arizona University where he is a Professor in the School of Informatics, Computing, and Cyber Systems. He has degrees from UC Berkeley, MIT, and Colorado State University.
Dr. Nilmini Silva-Send is Associate Director and the C. Hugh Friedman Fellow in Energy Law and Policy at the Energy Policy Initiatives Center (EPIC), University of San Diego. With over 20 years professional experience, she leads and manages the climate action and energy planning work at EPIC, including greenhouse gas (GHG) accounting, tracking trends, related regulatory issues relevant to cities and regions; development of GHG reduction policies and monitoring metrics, climate equity indicators, and methods to achieve deep decarbonization and carbon neutrality.
Dr. Ralph Keeling’s work centers on long-term measurements of the major constituents in air. He has been on the faculty at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UC San Diego, since 1993. He was the first to demonstrate that the O2 content of air is decreasing due to the burning of fossil-fuels and has directed a program to track this decrease since 1989.
Since 2005 he has also directed the Scripps CO2 program which sustains the iconic record of carbon dioxide at Mauna Loa and other sites, begun by his father, Charles D. Keeling. He is engaged in ongoing research to refine estimates of sources and sinks of carbon dioxide using atmospheric measurements. Keeling has received the Rosenstiel Award in marine and atmospheric chemistry, the Humboldt Research Award, and is a Union Fellow of the American Geophysical Union.