New book by Prof Michael Stephenson | Energy and Climate Change

Energy and Climate Change: An Introduction to Geological Controls, Interventions and Mitigations book cover
My new book Energy and Climate Change: An Introduction to Geological Controls, Interventions and Mitigations is all about the cycles that connect energy and climate change, and the vital importance of geoscience in understanding, mitigating and adapting to these challenges. It’s also about where I think geology, as a science, might go in the future’. So it’s partly a book that makes connections — and partly a manifesto!
I think a major role for geoscience in the future is in establishing measuring and observation of the subsurface that links with already comprehensive atmospheric and oceanic observation — in short to establish a ‘geological macroscope’. I also think that to understand how we transition to low carbon, we need to know how past energy transitions have occurred, and that involves working with a wider range of specialists than we, as geologists, have worked with before.
For survey organisations like BGS, the role is clear — in doing the geoscience that establishes the underground as a part of decarbonisation (for example in CCS and geothermal), and as part of environmental change adaptation (for example groundwater in surface water-stressed regions). The book is aimed at geoscientists, environmental scientists and students, but I hope that policy makers, energy professionals and economists will also take a look.

The new book is available from Elsevier, Amazon and shortly online (free to subscribers) through Elsevier's ScienceDirect.





Published

28 March 2018