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Concurrent Panel Sessions, Friday, June 24, 2022

Priority Focus Areas/Topics:

Science and Diplomacy and Multilateral Mechanisms

Water and Resilience

Disproportionality and Policy

Climate Technology, Solutions, and Innovations

The U.N. Sustainable Development Goals

Friday, June 24, 2022 | 11:00 AM EDTGCSE-NASA Science of Actionable Knowledge Part II

 

To address complex planetary challenges, such as climate change and sustainability, researchers, funders, and practitioners have come collectively to appreciate that the mere accumulation of knowledge and information is not enough. To advance the use of knowledge and evidence to inform decisions requires intentionality in research design, early identification of beneficiaries of that knowledge, plans for knowledge exchange, and pathways to impact. Against this backdrop, a new ‘science of actionable knowledge’ is emerging, an area of inquiry that aims to understand and catalyze transitions in scientific knowledge-making and use. It is in this context, NASA’s Earth Science Division (ESD) and Global Council for Science & Environment (GCSE) have joined hands to support a cohort of 11 NASA sponsored projects working broadly on NASA ESD focus areas of: Atmospheric Composition, Weather, Carbon Cycle and Ecosystems, Water and Energy Cycle, Climate Variability and Change, and the Earth Surface and Interior. This pilot study aims to support researchers in developing strong skills in user engagement and application development, along with individualized impact pathways for research uptake by relevant decision-makers.

Moderator: Matma Mehra, PhD | Research Director, Global Council for Science and the Environment

Dr. Rajesh Kumar | Project Scientist, University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (USA)

Dr. Diego Melgar Moctezuma | Assistant Professor, University of Oregon (USA)

Dr. Bruce Cook | Physical Scientist, Biospheric Sciences Lab, NASA (USA)

Dr. Paul Brice May | University of Maryland (USA)

Dr. Richard Zimmerman | Professor, Ocean & Earth Sciences, Old Dominion University (USA)

Friday, June 24, 2022 | 11:00 AM EDTResilience of the FEW Nexus – Integrated Challenges and Global Perspectives

 

The food-energy-water (FEW) nexus represents key sustainability sectors and is therefore a central cornerstone of transforming the current socio-economic-ecological (SEE) system to resilient sustainable development. In this panel session, especially the meaning of infrastructures and inclusive political and economic institutions for resilient SEE systems will be discussed and elaborated.

Holger Schlör | Senior Scientist, Forschungszentrum Jülich (Germany)

Dr. Sandra Venghaus | Assistant Professor, RWTH Aachen University/Forschungszentrum Jülich (Germany)

Rafael Schmitt | Stanford University (USA)

Rachel Meidl | Rice University (USA)

Bin Chen | Normal University Beijing (China)

Linda Wong | Deputy Secretary-General of China Biodiversity Conservation and Green Development Foundation (CBCGDF) (China)

Nicola Cantore | UNIDO (Austria)

Daphne Keilmann-Gondhalekar | Technical University of Munich (Germany)

Amaro Pereira | University Rio de Janeiro (Brazil)

Julian Harou | University of Manchester (United Kingdom)

 

Friday, June 24, 2022 | 11:00 AM EDTUsing Agriculture to Sustainably Decarbonize Aviation

Aviation is responsible for 2-3% of all U.S. CO2 emissions yet is one of the most challenging sectors to decarbonize with limited alternatives to liquid jet fuel. An alternative to petroleum-based fuels, Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) is produced from sustainable or renewable sources which reduces life-cycle carbon emissions such as waste material, bioenergy crops, woody biomass, algae, and captured CO2. SAF is designed to be a drop-in fuel, meaning that they are compatible with existing infrastructure. Last year, the Biden-Harris Administration tasked USDA, Department of Transportation, and Department of Energy with launching a SAF Grand Challenge to reduce the cost, enhance the sustainability, and expand the production and use of SAF to 35 billion gallons per year or 100% of U.S. aviation fuel demand by 2050. To achieve this goal, agricultural feedstocks such as new oilseed crops and perennial grasses that have additional environmental benefits are being developed and deployed. These feedstocks are designed to be planted within current rotations, as winter cover, or on marginal agricultural land, avoiding competition with food, feed, and fiber production. Importantly, life cycle assessment (LCA) and induced land-use change (ILUC) models account for emissions along the entire supply chain, environmental/land-use impacts, and conservation practices. The production and use of SAF can play a key role in achieving U.S. climate objectives and reduce net lifecycle carbon emissions by airlines.

Moderator: Dr. Justin Bredlau | Agricultural Science Fellow, USDA Office of the Chief Scientist (USA)

Bill Goldner | Senior Advisor Renewable Energy, Natural Resources, and Environment, USDA Office of the Chief Scientist (USA)

Zia Haq | Senior Analyst, DOE Bioenergy Technologies Office (USA)

Lara Fowler | Assistant Director for Outreach and Engagement, Institutes of Energy and the Environment, and Senior Lecturer, Pennsylvania State University. (USA)

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