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2024 Fellow

Claire Zarakas

PhD Institution
University of Washington

The carbon dioxide removal (CDR) industry is rapidly evolving and essential for climate stabilization. However, including CDR in climate stabilization strategies can assume that different CDR methods are interchangeable.

Different methods affect different parts of the carbon cycle, with different timescales, stability, and uncertainty of carbon removal.

2024 Schmidt Science Fellow Claire Zarakas will explore these differences and how they could drive different climate outcomes depending on the CDR method applied. This will be tested using a hierarchy of climate models to develop physically robust approaches for comparing CDR methods.

Interdisciplinary Pivot: Atmospheric Sciences to Climate Mitigation