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Wilfried Rickels

Kiel Institute for the World Economy (IfW)

Research area

  • Uncertain Investment; Application e.g. climate engineering, exploration of resources on the ocean floor


My research focuses on intentionally large-scale interventions into the climate system for the purpose of climate change mitigation (climate engineering). It involves the economic assessment and comparison of the various climate engineering measures and investigates their potential for the climate change reaction portfolio. This includes in particular questions related to carbon accounting and carbon cycle feedbacks. A specific aim is to develop suggestions for the international coordination and governance of climate engineering research.


Tel.: +49 431 8814-408

Research activities

Carbon Sinks - Carbon Leakage