Stimulating The Knowledge Base

BCI advocates and facilitates ocean-based climate cooling strategies such as Marine Cloud Brightening. We support, facilitate and connect scientists, investors, managers and policy makers, we stimulate the knowledge base for new models, techniques and experiments and we share progress with the public in news and educational projects.

This is a relative picture and the finale of an animation. It shows the increase in average regional temperatures for the period 2013-2017 compared to a baseline period from 1951 to 1980. Source: NASA’s Scientific Visualization Studio: Kel Elkins (USRA), Lori Perkins (NASA/GSFC) 2018. (Public Domain)

MCB: Biomimetic Climate Cooling

Marine Cloud Brightening is not a magic bullet; It is more like a temporary remedy for reducing Earth’s climate system’s ‘fever’ so that it cannot do irreparable harm to our natural systems in our oceans and on land. In this context, MCB can help us by buying time to bridge the gap between the necessary global CO2 reductions and active Direct Climate Cooling measures necessary to shelter our natural environment from excessive heat in the short-term.

Our Ocean Is Storing Over 90% Of The Excess Heat Energy Trapped In The Earth’s Climate System By Excess Greenhouse Gases.

Analyse our ocean yourself at the Copernicus Marine Institute or play around which this interactive plugin to generate your own charts:

To keep the global temperature increase on our planet below 1.5⁰C, we need to be realistic and open up to solutions like Marine Cloud Brightening and other promising blue cooling methods.

Map based on the most extreme IPCC scenario 5 – called ‘Avoid at all costs’: 4.4 ⁰C by 2100

Calculate Your Local Temperature

Interested in the impact of rising temperatures in your neighbourhood, from 1986 till 2099? The interactive map of the Climate Impact Lab shows you the heat for various periods of time.

Ice Sheets Are Melting As Our Ocean And Planet Are Warming Up Which Is Why Sea Level On The Rise Due To Thermal Expansion

An Iceless Earth 

NASA’s visualization below begins by showing the dynamic beauty of the Arctic sea ice as it responds to winds and ocean currents. Research into the behavior of the Arctic sea ice for the last 30 years has led to a deeper understanding of how this ice survives from year to year.

In the animation that follows, age of the sea ice is visible, showing the younger ice in darker shades of blue and the oldest ice in brighter white. This visual representation of the ice age clearly shows how the quantity of older and thicker ice has changed between 1984 and 2016.

What if all the ice caps on the planet would melt? What cities would be affected? What would be hotspots?

In this map, developed by the atlas for the end of the world, you can find out how sea level rise could change the face of Earth. You can also study the effects of sea level rise in this rendering by Google Earth:

NASA Climate Spiral

An eye-opening visualisation of monthly temperature anomalies (1880-2022) designed by climate scientist Ed Hawkins: depicting rising planetary temperatures

The visualization presents monthly global temperature anomalies between the years 1880-2022. Temperature anomalies are deviations from a long term global average. In this case the period 1951-1980 is used to define the baseline for the anomaly. These temperatures are based on the GISS Surface Temperature Analysis (GISTEMP v4), an estimate of global surface temperature change.

The term ‘climate spiral’ describes an animated radial plot of global temperatures. Climate scientist Ed Hawkins from the National Centre for Atmospheric Science, University of Reading popularized this style of visualization in 2016.