Articles | Volume 12, issue 9
The Cryosphere, 12, 2955–2967, 2018
https://doi.org/10.5194/tc-12-2955-2018
The Cryosphere, 12, 2955–2967, 2018
https://doi.org/10.5194/tc-12-2955-2018

Research article 20 Sep 2018

Research article | 20 Sep 2018

Stopping the flood: could we use targeted geoengineering to mitigate sea level rise?

Michael J. Wolovick and John C. Moore

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In this paper, we explore the possibility of using locally targeted geoengineering to slow the rate of an ice sheet collapse. We find that an intervention as big as existing large civil engineering projects could have a 30 % probability of stopping an ice sheet collapse, while larger interventions have better odds of success. With more research to improve upon the simple designs we considered, it may be possible to perfect a design that was both achievable and had good odds of success.