UCL Earth Sciences


Dr Peter Irvine

Solar geoengineering, climate change, climate impacts, climate policy

Lecturer in Climate Change


Peter Irvine




LecturerKathleen Lonsdale, 301C

Courses Taught:

GEOL0013 Principles of climate (module organiser and lecturer)

Research Group(s):

Polar Research
CPOM Centre for Polar Observation and Modelling

Email Address:

Telephone Number:


020 3108 9872 (59872)

Research Summary

Solar geoengineering describes a set of proposals to modify the Earth's radiation budget which may offer a means of reducing the impacts of climate change. Through my research, I seek to understand the potential risks and benefits of solar geoengineering and to explore its broader implications.

Meet the Staff: Dr Peter Irvine

Evaluating the modeled climate response to solar geoengineering is the focus of much of my work. I am particularly interested in the terrestrial hydrological response to solar geoengineering though I work on a range of impacts, including sea-level rise and ecosystem impacts. I also work on developing analysis and visualization approaches that contextualize the response to solar geoengineering in relation to climate change.

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In my interdisciplinary work I seek to connect the scientific findings on solar geoengineering to the broader questions that this proposal to control the climate raises. I work with ethicists, economists and lawyers to better understand the potential harms and benefits of solar geoengineering and how they could be addressed through compensation. I also work to understand the implications that the technical requirements of solar geoengineering would have on its governance.

In my latest paper in Climate Policy I look at: "Technical characteristics of a solar geoengineering deployment and implications for governance" with Doug Macmartin (lead), Josh Horton and Ben Kravitz.

UCL News: 2020.03: The right dose of geoengineering could reduce climate change risks