Science and policy impacts

IIASA research has impact at all scales, from local to global, and within both scientific and policy spheres. IIASA models have shaped European air pollution policy, for instance, and redefined population growth projections. IIASA also hosts two key databases for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, and has driven advances in systems analysis methods.

Policy impacts

Crowdsourcing and gaming reveal land cover

IIASA researchers have launched several initiatives to reduce uncertainties in the mapping of land cover, mobilizing partners in the national and international mapping communities to share data and products to help develop an accurate global cropland map at minimal cost. IIASA is also now seeking the participation of citizen scientists in its mapping projects. More

Interdisciplinary population research

Population research at IIASA is interdisciplinary and thus looks beyond the traditional bounds of demography to study how development of human capital helps to address social, economic, and environmental challenges. These interactions, which emphasize human capital formation, are among the most important challenges facing IIASA demographers today. More

Programs for Young Scientists

The IIASA Young Scientists Summer Program (YSSP) brings talented PhD students to Laxenburg, Austria, to work on independent research projects in collaboration with top researchers in their fields. The success of the three-month Laxenburg program spurred the Southern African YSSP (SA-YSSP), which was held annually for three years in the southern summer in South Africa. IIASA also runs a thriving postdoctorate program and many capacity-building events and workshops for scientists and policymakers worldwide. More

Systems Analysis: Holistic Problem Solving

Advanced systems analysis at IIASA helps decision makers resolve large-scale socio-technical problems in the short, medium, and long term. The problems IIASA tackles are immense, interconnected, persistent, and urgent. They affect human wellbeing and the environment on which we depend. They are of such complexity that to neglect a single aspect of them could be very costly—and not just in monetary terms. More

40 Years' Research into Climate Change

Options Magazine, Winter 2006 - From Ice Age to Global Warming In the early 1970s warnings of global cooling appeared in the media, as some scientists concluded the Earth was gradually heading toward a new ice age. Yet, by the end of the decade, global warming was scientifically recognized as a major problem – IIASA research helped shift opinion toward "global warming."   More

Increasing Returns

Options Magazine, Winter 2007: Groundbreaking research by an IIASA scholar in the 1980s pioneered a new approach in economics that helped the U.S. government take legal action against Microsoft. The research argues that small, random events could lead a technologically inferior product to dominate the market.  More


Science impacts

Crowdsourcing and gaming reveal land cover

IIASA researchers have launched several initiatives to reduce uncertainties in the mapping of land cover, mobilizing partners in the national and international mapping communities to share data and products to help develop an accurate global cropland map at minimal cost. IIASA is also now seeking the participation of citizen scientists in its mapping projects. More

Interdisciplinary population research

Population research at IIASA is interdisciplinary and thus looks beyond the traditional bounds of demography to study how development of human capital helps to address social, economic, and environmental challenges. These interactions, which emphasize human capital formation, are among the most important challenges facing IIASA demographers today. More

Programs for Young Scientists

The IIASA Young Scientists Summer Program (YSSP) brings talented PhD students to Laxenburg, Austria, to work on independent research projects in collaboration with top researchers in their fields. The success of the three-month Laxenburg program spurred the Southern African YSSP (SA-YSSP), which was held annually for three years in the southern summer in South Africa. IIASA also runs a thriving postdoctorate program and many capacity-building events and workshops for scientists and policymakers worldwide. More

Systems Analysis: Holistic Problem Solving

Advanced systems analysis at IIASA helps decision makers resolve large-scale socio-technical problems in the short, medium, and long term. The problems IIASA tackles are immense, interconnected, persistent, and urgent. They affect human wellbeing and the environment on which we depend. They are of such complexity that to neglect a single aspect of them could be very costly—and not just in monetary terms. More

40 Years' Research into Climate Change

Options Magazine, Winter 2006 - From Ice Age to Global Warming In the early 1970s warnings of global cooling appeared in the media, as some scientists concluded the Earth was gradually heading toward a new ice age. Yet, by the end of the decade, global warming was scientifically recognized as a major problem – IIASA research helped shift opinion toward "global warming."   More

Increasing Returns

Options Magazine, Winter 2007: Groundbreaking research by an IIASA scholar in the 1980s pioneered a new approach in economics that helped the U.S. government take legal action against Microsoft. The research argues that small, random events could lead a technologically inferior product to dominate the market.  More


Historical impacts

Adaptive Environmental Management

Options Magazine, Autumn 1978:  In 1975 a new research field, Adaptive Ecosystem Policy and Management, was founded at IIASA based on the results of a study relating forest conditions to pest propagation with implications for forest management policy across North America and Scandinavia.  More

Energy in a Finite World

Options Magazine, Issue 1, 1981:  The good news from IIASA’s large-scale  international study of the prospects of meeting global energy needs over the next 50 years is: “It could be done.” More

Sustainable Development

Options Magazine, September 1989: In the mid-1980s IIASA’s Environment Program turned its attention to studying the interactions between development and the environment.  More

Modeling Uncertainty

Options Magazine, Summer 1995: If you build a mathematical model to answer the question, “What is the cleanest energy technology?” a so-called deterministic model will typically yield the answer—for example—“solar power.” But without knowing the future, investing all research resources in solar power may represent too much risk. More

Carbon Accounting and the Kyoto Protocol

Options Magazine, Autumn 2000: Based on extensive research IIASA scientists concluded that only full carbon accounting (FCA), covering all carbon-related components of terrestrial ecosystems, can provide the accuracy needed to balance the carbon emissions —carbon savings budget.   More


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