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Ken Caldeira

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Scientist
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Ken Caldeira
Climate scientist
Senior scientist
Chemical oceanographer

 

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Ken Caldeira, Carnegie Institution

 

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Ken Caldeira, Carnegie Institution of Science
Ken Caldeira, Climate Scientist, Carnegie Institution
Ken Caldeira, Senior Scientist, Carnegie Institution

 

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Ken Caldeira, Carnegie Institution Department of Global Ecology

 

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Ken Caldeira, Carnegie Institution Department of Global Ecology at Stanford University

 

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Ken Caldeira, climate scientist in the Carnegie Institution Department of Global Ecology at Stanford University

 

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Ken Caldeira is a climate scientist working for the Carnegie Institution Department of Global Ecology at Stanford University. He investigates issues related to climate, carbon, and energy systems. His primary tools are climate and the carbon cycle models, although he does field work related to ocean acidification.

 

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Ken Caldeira is a senior member of the Carnegie Institution’s Department of Global Ecology staff and a professor, by courtesy, in Stanford’s Environmental Earth System Sciences department. Professor Caldeira has a wide-spectrum approach to analyzing the world’s climate systems. He studies the global carbon cycle; marine biogeochemistry and chemical oceanography, including ocean acidification and the atmosphere/ocean carbon cycle; land-cover and climate change; the long-term evolution of climate and geochemical cycles; and energy technology. He is a lead author of the “State of the Carbon Cycle Report,” a study requested by the U.S. Congress. From the early 1990s to 2005, he was with the Energy and Environment Directorate at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory where he was awarded the Edward Teller Fellowship (2004), the highest award given by that laboratory. Caldeira received his B.A. from Rutgers College and both his M.S. (1988) and Ph.D. (1991) in atmospheric sciences from New York University.

 

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Ken Caldeira is a staff scientist at the Carnegie Institution, where his job is “to make important scientific discoveries.” He also serves as a professor (by courtesy) in the Stanford University Department of Environmental Earth System Science. Caldeira is a lead author for the upcoming IPCC AR5 report and was coordinating lead author of the oceans chapter for the 2005 IPCC report on Carbon Capture and Storage. He was a co-author of the 2010 US National Academy America's Climate Choices report. He participated in the UK Royal Society geoengineering panel in 2009 and ocean acidification panel in 2005. He was a lead author of the 2007 U.S. “State of the Carbon Cycle Report. Caldeira was invited by the National Academy of Sciences Ocean Studies Board to deliver the 2007 Roger Revelle Lecture, “What Coral Reefs Are Dying to Tell Us About CO2 and Ocean Acidification.” In 2010, Caldeira was elected Fellow of the American Geophysical Union.

 

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Ken Caldeira has held the position of senior scientist at Carnegie Institution’s Department of Global Ecology on the Stanford University campus in California since 2005. Caldeira is also a Professor (by courtesy) in Stanford University’s Department of Environmental Earth System Sciences, and participates in teaching and advising of Stanford students in that capacity. Professor Caldeira has a wide-spectrum approach to analyzing the world’s climate systems. He studies the global carbon cycle; marine biogeochemistry and chemical oceanography, including ocean acidification and the atmosphere/ocean carbon cycle; land-cover and climate change; the long-term evolution of climate and geochemical cycles; climate intervention proposals; and energy technology.

Caldeira has one job responsibility in his position at the Carnegie Institution and that is “to make important scientific discoveries.” To facilitate this discovery process, the Carnegie Institution assures Caldeira funding for himself and approximately 1.5 post-doctoral research assistants, without requiring any specific deliverables. In addition to this base funding, Caldeira has been helping arrange a seminar series for Bill Gates on climate and energy issues, and in his generosity, Mr. Gates has seen fit to support several additional post-doctoral researchers in Prof. Caldeira’s group. Thus, Caldeira’s group is in a very rare scientific situation in which they has funds to do work without having specific deliverables, so they are free to work on issues they deem most important.

Caldeira is a lead author for the upcoming IPCC AR5 report and was coordinating lead author of the oceans chapter for the 2005 IPCC report on Carbon Capture and Storage. In 2010, Caldeira was elected Fellow of the American Geophysical Union.He was a co-author of the 2010 US National Academy America's Climate Choices report. He participated in the UK Royal Society geoengineering panel in 2009 and ocean acidification panel in 2005. He was a lead author of the 2007 U.S. “State of the Carbon Cycle Report. Caldeira was invited by the National Academy of Sciences Ocean Studies Board to deliver the 2007 Roger Revelle Lecture, "What Coral Reefs Are Dying to Tell Us About CO2 and Ocean Acidification."

From the early 1990s to 2005, he was with the Energy and Environment Directorate at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory where he was awarded the Edward Teller Fellowship (2004), the highest award given by that laboratory. Caldeira did post-doctoral research in the Department of Geosciences at Penn State University and in the Energy and Environment Directorate of Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. Caldeira received his B.A. from Rutgers College and both his M.S. (1988) and Ph.D. (1991) in atmospheric sciences from New York University. In the 1980’s, Caldeira held a number of positions developing computer software for various clients in New York’s financial district.

Among Caldeira’s many key contributions to science are his relatively early recognition of the threats posed by ocean acidification, his pioneering investigations into the environmental consequences of intentional intervention in the climate system (“geoengineering”), and central role in helping to elucidate what our understanding of long-term geochemical cycles implies for the fate of today’s carbon dioxide emissions.

 

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