Computing and Climate Change
The Computing and Climate Change Reading Group meets every Wednesday lunchtime (12pm) in the Software Engineering lab debugging room (Third floor Bahen - BA3234). Bring your own lunch.
Our aim is to discuss books, papers, research ideas and practical projects on any aspect of climate change where computer science might have a role, whether it be in the basic science (e.g. computational models of climate), policymaking and decision support (e.g. visualizations& decision tools), or designing mitigation and adaptation solutions (e.g. green IT). We'll also spend some time exploring interdisciplinary aspects.
Everyone is welcome!
Some potential objectives:
- Understand climate change from multiple perspectives, both academic (different disciplinary perspectives) and non-academic (e.g. culturally-based organisations, grassroots communities, etc)
- Explore the role of computer science (as a discipline) and computer scientists (with our particular skill sets) in responding to the challenge of climate change
...and some early goals for the group:
- familiarize ourselves with various disciplines' basic theoretical foundations
- identify discipline specific terminology used for shared concepts, and create a catalogue of key terms and concepts
- read articles and books from different disciplines and groups, with discussions moderated by someone from the respective area (perhaps starting with CS topics?)
- create an annotated bibliography
- curate a set of pointers to other web resources
Topics to discuss
Scheduled for our lunchtime meeting on June 29th, just in time for the CGCS talk on Climate Engineering by Mark Lawrence later in the day (3pm MP137). Suggested readings:
- Schematic of the main proposals (from an article at Lawrence Livermore Labs)
- Another schematic with more details on cost, timescale and likely effectiveness (from Next Nature)
- Alan Robock's article 20 Reasons Why Geoengineering May Be a Bad Idea
- More resources on Geoengineering (from Steve's blog)
- more links from Jim Prall
- Article from last Saturday's Globe and Mail and in response, a Geo-hacking primer by Lou Grinzo
Agent Based Modeling
(Michalis: These are links were sent to me about a year ago by Michail Fragkias. I'm transcribing his comments from Greek.)
- "Agent-Based Computational Economics contains links for the entire social science ABM universe".
- "For a general introduction, take a look at the first chapter (available online) of Generative Social Science: Studies in Agent-Based Computational Modeling by Joshua M. Epstein who is a very interesting author."
- "Another very important author is Robert Axelrod"
- "The book Complex Adaptive Systems by Scott Page has reached a point where it is considered a standard textbook".
- "The book Hidden Order by John Holland is a gem".
- "I always recommend the book Micromotives and Macrobehavior by Schelling, which was groundbreaking for the idea of ABM".
The Keystone Pipeline
- The Million Letter March
- ...which is sponsored by the Citizen's Climate Lobby
- James Hansen's keynote talk to the CCL
- Follow the protest in DC on twitter
- Cheryl's Slides
- Homework letter to Obama
- A Vast Machine by Paul N. Edwards
- Greening Through IT by Bill Tomlinson
- Snowball Earth by Gabrielle Walker
- Fixing the Sky by James R. Fleming
- Sustainable Energy without the hot air by David Mackay
Papers mentioned during meetings
- Daniel Gilbert, If Only Gay Sex Caused Global Warming: http://www.commondreams.org/views06/0702-26.htm
- Miron Zuckerman, Michele M. Lazzaro, and Diane Waldgeir, Undermining effects of the foot-in-the-door technique with extrinsic rewards, Journal of Applied Psychology (1979), 292–296.
- Richard D. Katzev and Theodore R. Johnson, Comparing the effects of monetary incentives and foot-in-the-door strategies in promoting residential electricity conser- vation, Journal of Applied Psychology (1984), 12–27.
- Karl E. Henion, The effect of ecologically relevant information on detergent sales, Journal of Marketing Research 9 (1972), no. 1, 10–14.
CBC documentary Playing God with Planet Earth
Bill McKibben article set to video
(We're currently taking a short break, planning to start up again a few weeks into the fall term)
- August 17, 2011 A talk by Cheryl McNamara of the Toronto chapter of the Citizen's Climate Lobby (her slides are here)
- August 10, 2011 A visit to the Cities Centre to talk about Cities and Climate Change
- July 27, 2011 Kaitlin Alexander, presenting her work on the software architecture of climate models
- July 20, 2011 Discussion of Wilson & Dowlatabadi's paper, "Models of Decision Making and Residential Energy Use".
- July 13, 2011 Discussion of "A Vast Machine" by Paul N. Edwards
- July 6, 2011 Visit by Adriana Mugnatto-Hamu, climate change spokesperson for the Green Party of Canada
- June 29, 2011 Geoengineering (in preparation for the talk that afternoon by Mark Lawrence)
- June 22, 2011 discussion of potential topics to discuss
- June 15, 2011 (no meeting)
- June 8, 2011: Kickoff meeting