Projects

 

Climate Engineering

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, 2009.

 

Surface Temperature

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 that could be made readily available and acceptable to all sides in the climate debate. A series of peer-reviewed papers and an award-winning mobile app were the result.

 

Natural Gas

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 has completed a meta-study of the data surrounding methane leakage in the extraction and delivery system, the results of which were published in Science magazine.

 

Public Employee Pensions

The structure and sustainability of public employee pension plans is an immediate financial problem facing many locations and 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 more informed negotiations and policy debate. Novim intends to release its model in 2015.

 

IPCC Report Animation

To date a vast amount of information has been gathered, analyzed, synthesized and published by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change – IPCC in a series of 5 Assessment Reports.

Presenting that information and its interactive relationships in a form that can be readily understood by the general public is the subject of this study. Phase I will be a workshop of experts in climate science and complex data presentation to outline the scope of the effort. Phase II will be the development of an interactive application to demonstrate possible mitigation efforts and forecasted effects as defined by the IPCC.

 

Water + Energy

This study will focus on answering the following questions, focusing initially on California:

1) What is the total volume and location of groundwater in California?
2) Salinity and contaminant profiles and how much water is potable or economically treatable?
3) What are the largest uncertainties in groundwater quantity and quality across the state? 

This study will focus on answering the following questions, focusing initially on California: 

The resulting interactive mobile applications will display the results of the study utilizing the latest techniques in secure access to very large data sets and “augmented reality” combining GPS tracking, animation and real-time data overlays.