17 March 2017

Innovative IIASA research highlighted by major journal

Five IIASA studies published in Environmental Research Letters  in 2016 were selected for the journal’s Highlights of 2016, as especially innovative or groundbreaking work.

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Five IIASA research studies were selected as part of Environmental Research Letters Highlights of 2016Environmental Research Letters  is a major open access journal covering environmental science. The collection highlights the journal’s “most innovative groundbreaking articles published in 2016,” as selected by the journal’s editorial board.  Among the thirty articles selected by the journal, five articles with IIASA lead or coauthors made the cut.

The articles included research from across the institute's programs, bringing insight on energy, climate change, air pollution, negative emissions, food security and more. 

Highlighted articles

von Stechow C, Minx JC, Riahi K, Jewell J, McCollum D, Callaghan MW, Bertram C, Luderer G, et al. (2016). 2°C and SDGs: united they stand, divided they fall? Environmental Research Letters 11 (3): e034022. DOI:10.1088/1748-9326/11/3/034022.

Gephart JA, Rovenskaya E, Dieckmann U, Pace ML, & Brännström Å (2016). Vulnerability to shocks in the global seafood trade network. Environmental Research Letters 11: e035008. DOI:10.1088/1748-9326/11/3/035008.

Fricko O, Parkinson S, Johnson N, Strubegger M, van Vliet MTH, & Riahi K (2016). Energy sector water use implications of a 2°C climate policy. Environmental Research Letters 11 (3): e034011. DOI:10.1088/1748-9326/11/3/034011.

Jones CD, Ciais P, Davis SJ, Friedlingstein P, Gasser T, Peters GP, Rogelj J, van Vuuren DP, et al. (2016). Simulating the Earth system response to negative emissions. Environmental Research Letters 11 (9): e095012. DOI:10.1088/1748-9326/11/9/095012.

Rao S, Klimont Z, Leitao J, Riahi K, van Dingenen Rita, Reis LA, Calvin K, Dentener F, et al. (2016). A multi-model assessment of the co-benefits of climate mitigation for global air quality. Environmental Research Letters 11 (12): e124013. DOI:10.1088/1748-9326/11/12/124013.

The Earth system response to negative emissions

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