Comprised of 10 prominent scientists, chosen by Novim, the panel's charter was to examine the need for and the nature of a backup plan that could be implemented should the best efforts at climate mitigation fail. Dubbed Plan B, the focus was on the concept of geoengineering the atmosphere–artificially lowering the earth's temperature.
Despite the controversial nature of the methods, it seemed scientifically irresponsible not to learn as much as possible about the costs and consequences of any action prior to its being a possible choice of last resort.
The International Institute for Applied Analysis (IIASA) announced Novim's report in August of 2009.
In the late fall of 2009 Climategate broke in the worldwide press, and the public credibility of climate research, and much other scientific study was called into question.
Novim was asked to assemble a multidisciplinary team of scientists to collect all of the available global surface temperature data and assemble it into a form and format that could be made readily available and acceptable to all sides in the climate debate.
Seeking to grow the earth's energy generation capability in the most efficient, cost effective manner, Novim is developing a visualization tool to help educate planners and policy makers in making multi-billion dollar investment decisions.
Novim's technical support team has collected a large amount of data on technologies, locality characteristics and potential investment modalities and will soon begin assembling these into an interactive model under the guidance of an expert Study Group.
The application of advanced drilling and recovery technologies to the search for natural gas has resulted in a vast expansion of available reserves.
Plummeting prices have fueled the discussion of converting coal-fired power generation to gas and has sparked the rebirth of domestic chemical production.
Novim is undertaking the first in a series of studies of the challenges and benefits of the expanding role of natural gas, beginning with a meta-study of the data surrounding methane leakage in the extraction and delivery system.
The structure and sustainability of public employee pensions is arguably one of the most immediate and intractable financial problems facing all levels of government today.
Pension reform is a politically charged, technically complex and legally uncertain issue involving multiple constituencies. The aim of this project is to develop a tool that can be used to improve general understanding of the technical aspects of pensions thereby facilitating a more informed policy debate.
Novim, in partnership with several major foundations and universities, is conducting a project to:
Construct and make available a database encompassing major pension plans in all 50 states;
Develop and publish whitepapers detailing the specific modeling used to drive web content;
Commission a series of reports expanding on the web content;
Develop a website and interactive mobile application.