Climate projections

Using the climate-neutrality scenarios designed in the project, RESCUE will simulate and predict how climate conditions will evolve when the most suitable CDR methods are implemented. Specifically, the project will focus on the evolution of greenhouse gases and radiative forcing (the difference between the energy received and the energy released by the Earth) until the year 2300.

To evaluate the impact of CDR methods on future climate conditions, it is important to first ensure consistency in the representation of CDR between studies. Hence, as a first objective, RESCUE will establish a protocol that will provide guidance on how to use, treat, and compare CDR methods across different studies.

Once the protocol is defined, RESCUE will test the effectiveness of CDR methods in achieving climate neutrality and explore the uncertainties related to their implementation. An example of the CDR technologies that will be studied involves land use and management practices (e.g. improved forest management practices) that are known to influence carbon retention and storage in agricultural soils and forests.

To choose the most impactful options among the different CDR technologies, RESCUE will quantify the effectiveness of each method while running simulation of future climate conditions, and ultimately propose the most suitable CDR methods for a climate-neutral future.