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Robert Socolow

Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering


Professor Socolow's current research focuses on global carbon management and international equity, fossil-carbon sequestration, and geoengineering. He is the co-principal investigator (with ecologist, Stephen Pacala) of Princeton University's Carbon Mitigation Initiative (CMI), a $30-million dollar, fifteen-year (2001-2015) project, supported by BP and Ford.

Under CMI, Princeton has launched new, coordinated research in environmental science, energy technology, geological engineering, and public policy. Other research interests include efficient use of energy, renewable energy, nuclear energy, and the nitrogen cycle.

Relevant Publications

R.H. Socolow, Stabilization Wedges and Climate Change in Physics of Sustainable Energy: Using Energy Efficiently and Producing It Renewably, D. Hafemeister, B. Levi, M. Levine, and P. Schwartz, eds, AIP Conference Proceedings 1044, Melville, NY: American Institute of Physics, pp. 28-48, 2008.

M.C. Sheppard, R.H. Socolow, Sustaining Fossil Fuel Use in a Carbon-Constrained World by Rapid Commercialization of Carbon Capture and Sequestration, AIChE Journal Vol. 53, No. 12, December 2007.

R.H. Socolow & S.H. Lam, "Good Enough Tools for Global Warming Policy Making", Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society, February 2007.

R.H. Socolow, "Can We Bury Global Warming?" Scientific American, pp. 33-40, July 2005.

R.H. Socolow, R. Hotinski, J.B. Greenblatt, and S. Pacala, "Solving the Climate Problem: Technologies Available to Curb CO2 Emissions," Environment, Vol. 46, No. 10, pp. 8-19, December 2004.

S. Pacala and R.H. Socolow, "Stabilization Wedges: Solving the Climate Problem for the Next 50 Years with Current Technologies", Science, Vol. 305, Issue 5686, pp. 968-972, August 13, 2004.