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The European Commission funds many scientific and research projects in which IIASA participates.

The latest news and events relating to IIASA work with the European Commission:

News

13 January 2017
Bioenergy policy with forest protection better for climate mitigation

Greenhouse gas emissions from the land-use sector will be lower if the rising demand for bioenergy is met with worldwide protection for areas important for biodiversity and carbon storage.  More

26 September 2016
IIASA launches citizen science observatory

European citizens will soon be able to directly contribute to the analysis of land use change in Europe and beyond. A new observatory established by IIASA and funded by the EU Horizon 2020 program will combine satellite images with data collected by citizen scientists around Europe.  More

21 June 2016
Better soil data key for future food security

Future food security depends on a variety of factors – but better soil data could substantially help improve projections of future crop yields, a new study shows.  More

09 June 2016
Increased bioenergy demand to put pressure on forests

A new study shows that increased demand for biomass for energy in Europe, through intensified use of existing forests, could lead to loss of biodiversity and high competition for wood between sectors, and proposes policies to help preserve biodiversity while also limiting greenhouse gas emissions.  More

04 March 2016
Clean energy could stress global water resources

Efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the energy sector could lead to greater pressure on water resources, increasing water use and thermal water pollution. Dedicated adaptation measures will be needed in order to avoid potential trade-offs between the water and climate change impacts of the energy system.  More

28 September 2015
New project integrates climate and development research

A new grant from the European Union Horizon 2020 framework program for research and innovation links climate mitigation and adaptation policies with broader sustainable development questions at a global and regional level.  More

11 February 2013
EU Member Countries’ Ambassadors visit IIASA

European Union Heads of Mission accredited to the United Nations and Ambassador Mara Marinaki, Managing Director, Global and Multilateral Issues Department, European External Action Service, visited IIASA today to discuss European and international policies and to learn about IIASA’s policy-relevant research in climate, energy, food, water, and the environment.  More

26 September 2016
IIASA launches citizen science observatory

European citizens will soon be able to directly contribute to the analysis of land use change in Europe and beyond. A new observatory established by IIASA and funded by the EU Horizon 2020 program will combine satellite images with data collected by citizen scientists around Europe. More

13 September 2016
LandSense: A Citizen Observatory and Innovation Marketplace for Land Use and Land Cover Monitoring

How can citizen-powered science coupled with mobile technology improve our understanding and governance of land use and land cover changes? More

12 August 2016
IIASA research supports EU climate policies

IIASA modeling results provide the backbone for a new proposal by the European Commission on reducing greenhouse gas emissions. More

27 July 2016
IIASA-JRC Centre of Expertise on Population and Migration

The Centre of Expertise on Population and Migration is a new research partnership between IIASA's World Population Program and the European Commission's Joint Research Centre that provides science-based knowledge on migration and demography to support EU policy. More

21 June 2016
Better soil data key for future food security

Future food security depends on a variety of factors – but better soil data could substantially help improve projections of future crop yields, a new study shows. More

20 June 2016
A new partnership for migration research

The International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) and the European Commission's Joint Research Centre (EC-JRC) have launched a new research partnership to provide science-based knowledge on migration and demography to support EU policy. More

17 May 2016
Launch event: Centre of Expertise on Migration and Demography

IIASA and the European Commission launched a new research partnership focused on migration and demography to support EU policy. More

03 March 2016
Clean energy could stress global water resources

Efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the energy sector could lead to greater pressure on water resources, increasing water use and thermal water pollution. Dedicated adaptation measures will be needed in order to avoid potential trade-offs between the water and climate change impacts of the energy system. More

26 February 2016
Navigating the Roadmap for Clean, Secure and Efficient Energy Innovation (SET-Nav)

SET-Nav will support strategic decision making in Europe’s energy sector, enhancing innovation towards a clean, secure and efficient energy system. Our research will enable the EC, national governments and regulators to facilitate the development of optimal technology portfolios by market actors. More

20 October 2015
Linking Climate and Development Policies - Leveraging International Networks and Knowledge Sharing (CD-LINKS)

The CD-LINKS project brings together a consortium of seventeen leading international research organizations from around the globe to explore national and global transformation strategies for climate change and their linkages to a range of sustainable development objectives. More

28 September 2015
New project integrates climate and development research

A new grant from the European Union Horizon 2020 framework program for research and innovation links climate mitigation and adaptation policies with broader sustainable development questions at a global and regional level. More

01 September 2015
SIFCAS

Spatial inventory of carbon emissions and sinks in forestry at scales from local to national significantly increases understanding of the carbon cycling and reduces uncertainty of the inventory results. The project focuses on development of advanced methodologies which are based on explicit spatial approaches to analyze emissions/removals within a Full Verified Greenhouse Gas Account of forest ecosystems at multiple scales. More

06 December 2013
Knowledge Based Climate Mitigation Systems for a Low Carbon Economy (COMPLEX)

This project will develop a suite of modeling tools and decision-support systems to inform national and supra-national policy and support communities across Europe working to make the transition to a low-carbon economy. More

07 November 2013
Quantifying the indirect land use change impact of biofuels consumed in the EU (ILUC)

In an assignment for the European Commission, a consortium of Ecofys, IIASA and E4tech will use the GLOBIOM model to assess indirect land use change impacts of conventional and advanced biofuels consumed in the EU. More

25 July 2013
BESTGRID

The EU-funded BESTGRID project works towards modernizing and expanding the current European electricity grid for the integration of a growing share of electricity from renewable sources. More

16 January 2013
European Commission science adviser visits IIASA

On 15 January, Anne Glover, Chief Scientific Adviser to the President of the European Commission visited IIASA to meet with scientific staff and invite their input into policy decisions. More

10 September 2012
Irkutsk Regional Information System for Environmental Protection (IRIS)

IRIS assessed the status and dynamics of the Irkutsk region's forestry environment, influenced by man-made changes and anthropogenic impact. More

06 September 2012
Biomass Energy Europe (BEE)

The Biomass Energy Europe (BEE) project was initiated to harmonise methodologies for biomass resource assessments for energy purposes in Europe and its neighbouring countries. More

06 September 2012
Integrated Sink Enhancement Assessment (INSEA)

The overall objective of INSEA was to develop a scientifically sound assessment tool for the economic and environmental effects of C-sink enhancement measures in agriculture and forestry. More

12 June 2012
Climate Change and Natural Disasters (CHANGES)

Global warming is expected to alter natural disaster patterns in Europe, and CHANGES researchers are modeling those anticipated changes to assist emergency preparedness officials and to train young scientists in the risk management skills needed to respond to future disasters. More

12 June 2012
Envisioning Paradigm Shifts in Society (PASHMINA)

The PASHMINA project uses complex modeling to create scenarios that envision changes in the use of energy, transportation, land, and the environment 20 to 40 years into the future. More

12 June 2012
Reducing GHG Emissions Uncertainties (GESAPU)

Research in the more than ten years since the Kyoto Protocol has shown that the methods used to measure and inventory greenhouse gas emissions have significant uncertainties and gaps. GESAPU is intended to reduce the uncertainties of GHG emissions in Poland and Ukraine. More

12 June 2012
Carbo Extreme: Extreme Weather Impacts on Carbon Sinks

European ecosystems help stabilize the atmosphere by soaking up significant amounts of the carbon in fossil fuel emissions, but researchers are concerned that the effectiveness of those carbon sinks might be diminished by expected increases in extreme weather. More

12 June 2012
Livestock Production Scenarios (AnimalChange)

AnimalChange creates scenarios that project 20 and 40 years into the future to allow policymakers to see what impact climate change is likely to have on livestock production in Europe, Northern and sub-Saharan Africa, and Latin America. More

09 May 2012
Atmospheric Aerosol Chemistry and Climate Change (PEGASOS)

The goal of PEGASOS is to enhance our understanding of the interactions of climate and atmospheric chemistry in the past, present and future. More

09 May 2012
Clean Air Strategies for Europe

IIASA’s Mitigation of Air Pollution & Greenhouse Gases Program (MAG) is using its modeling tools to identify strategies to assist in meeting European Union’s clean air goals. More

09 May 2012
Impacts of Short-Lived Air Pollutants (ECLIPSE)

ECLIPSE is conducting research to increase knowledge about emissions of ozone and aerosols, which act as short-lived climate forcers, and identify concrete, cost-effective abatement measures. More

01 December 2011
European Consortium for Modelling of Air Pollution and Climate Strategies (EC4MACS)

EC4MACS provides scientific and economic analyses of policies in support of Europe’s Thematic Strategy on Air Pollution and the European Climate Change Programme. More

25 November 2011
Evaluating Black Carbon Cuts in Finland (MACEB)

IIASA researchers used the GAINS model, in partnership with Finnish scientists, to develop a tool to evaluate the climate effects of reducing black carbon emissions from different economic sectors More

23 November 2011
EuroGEOSS — A European Approach to GEOSS

EuroGEOSS contributed to the international effort to create the Global Earth Observation System of Systems (GEOSS) by making existing systems that gather data on forestry, drought, and biodiversity interoperable and easier to use. More

22 November 2011
Climate Change and Agricultural Productivity (ISAC)

ISAC used a new generation of high-frequency, high-resolution imaging from new satellites to provide detailed agricultural information for improved scientific monitoring. More

18 November 2011
Restructuring Systems to Limit Climate Change (LIMITS)

LIMITS is examining how to fundamentally restructure energy systems and land-use management practices on a global scale in order to limit warming from climate change to two degrees Celsius. More

18 November 2011
Life Cycle Impacts of Goods, Services, Activities (LC-IMPACT)

The LC-IMPACT project developed methods to assess the environmental life cycle impact of a vast number of goods, services, and activities. Assessments examined the environmental costs of, for example, erosion caused by land use and toxic substances used in production processes. More

17 November 2011
Envisioning Paradigm Shifts in Society (PASHMINA)

The PASHMINA project used complex modeling to create scenarios that envision changes in the use of energy, transportation, land, and the environment 20 to 40 years into the future. More

18 October 2011
Equitable Governance of Common Goods

In a “tragedy of the commons” individuals, acting according to their own self-interest, behave contrary to the best interests of the wider group by depleting or degrading a common resource. The Equitable Governance of Common Goods project will help avoid such tragedies by improving the regulation of open resources. More

04 October 2011
Assessment of Climate Change Mitigation Pathways (AMPERE)

AMPERE researchers used state-of-the art models to develop long-term, economically feasible strategies to lessen the global impact of climate change. More

21 September 2011
Accelerating Cuts in Greenhouse Gases (RESPONSES)

RESPONSES developed strategies to enable European Union countries to accelerate cuts in greenhouse gas emissions and better adapt to environmental, social, and economic disruptions caused by climate change. More

21 September 2011
Improving Landslide Risk Responses (SafeLand)

SafeLand responded to the growing risk of landslides in mountainous regions of Europe due to climate change-related increases in overall rainfall, concentrated rains over short periods, more extreme weather, and increased snowmelts in Alpine regions. More

21 September 2011
Assessment of Northern Eurasian Forests (ZAPAS)

The ZAPÁS project is intended to make space-based biomass inventory assessments more reliable for boreal forests of Northern Eurasia. More

21 September 2011
Impact of Technological Change in Europe (PROSUITE)

PROSUITE aimed to develop the tools needed to predict the impact of technological changes on Europe’s environment, economies, and social institutions over the next several decades. More

21 September 2011
Linking Disasters for Risk Reduction (MATRIX)

The project developed methods to link events such as earthquakes, landslides, and other natural disasters, to enable policymakers to take more effective risk reduction measures. More

13 September 2011
Advanced Model Development and Validation for Improved Analysis of Costs and Impacts of Mitigation Policies (ADVANCE)

ADVANCE aims at evaluating and improving integrated assessment models that are used for developing strategies to deal with climate change mitigation and other global challenges. The improved models will be applied to an assessment of long-term EU climate policy in a global context, and the newly developed methods and datasets will be disseminated as open access resources. More

13 September 2011
Sources and Sinks for Greenhouse Gases (GHG-Europe)

GHG-Europe analyzed European agricultural and forestry lands to determine both the sources and the sinks of three major greenhouse gases and what percentage of those gases was anthropogenic. More

13 September 2011
Energy Use Impacts on the Environment (EnerGEO)

EnerGEO assessed the current and future impact of energy use on the environment by linking environmental observation systems with the processes involved in exploiting energy resources. More

13 September 2011
Improving Earth Observation Methodology (EGIDA)

EGIDA was a technical project to create a standard methodology to support GEOSS, the Global Earth Observations System of Systems, through development of evaluation processes, assessment indexes, and databases. More

13 September 2011
Earth Observation in the Balkans (BalkanGEONet)

The aim of BalkanGEONet was to strengthen existing Earth Observation research and participation among the Balkan countries and to encourage those countries not yet involved to join the GEO initiative. More



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