Completed Research Projects

A selection of completed research projects of the ESM program

Economics of Climate Change Adaptation in Europe (ECONADAPT)

The ECONADAPT project provides user-orientated methodologies and evidence relating to economic appraisal criteria to inform the choice of adaptation actions using analysis that incorporates cross-scale governance under conditions of uncertainty. More

Options Market and Risk-Reduction Tools for

The NORAD OMRRT REDD+ project contributes to rapidly scaling up demand and supply for REDD+ credits and builds momentum and opportunity for the creation of positive incentives for global forest protection in future carbon markets and other climate policies. More – balancing Alpine energy and nature

The project helps to consider whether the production of renewable energy at a particular location in the Alps is worth it from the conservation point of view. More

Model-based analysis of catastrophe flood risks

Integrating market based instruments for robust management of catastrophic floods; An IIASA – DELTARES project in Rijnmond - Drechtsteden region of the Netherlands. More

Investment in renewable electricity under policy uncertainty (PURELEC)

PURELEC investigates if real option models can explain how investors in small hydro-power and wind farm projects respond to climate policy uncertainty. More

Collecting in-situ Data for Earth Observation Product Validation via Social Games (LandSpotting)

LandSpotting aims to improve the quality of forest or cropland area land cover information by vastly increasing the amount of in-situ validation data available for calibration and validation of satellite-derived land cover. More

Systems Analysis Tools Framework for the EU Bio-Based Economy Strategy (SAT-BBE)

SAT-BBE studies the contribution of a bio-economy in different areas to ensure long term economic and environmental sustainability. More

AusCover Geo-Wiki

The Geo-Wiki Team in collaboration with the Terrestrial Ecosystem Research Network (TERN) AusCover facility is developing an Australian Geo-Wiki Branch that will allow people to review land-cover maps created by AusCover and its partners. More


EUCLIMIT performs model-based scenario quantification which supports the European Commission in undertaking impact assessments and analysing policy options for implementing and further developing the Climate and Energy package and other climate-relevant policies in the EU. More

Operational Global Carbon Observing System (GEOCarbon)

The GEOCarbon Project will coordinate the contribution of European and international research institutes to the development of an Operational Global Integrated Carbon Observation and Analysis System. More

Impact Quantification of Global Changes (Global IQ)

A primary objective of the project is to estimate socio-economic impacts arising from global changes by using economic models. More

Quantifying Projected Impacts Under 2°C Warming (IMPACT2C)

IMPACT2C enhances knowledge, quantifies climate change impacts, and adopts an analytical structure that includes climate and impacts modelling, vulnerabilities, risks and economic costs, as well as potential responses, for Europe. More

Using GEO for Early Warning and Food Security in East Africa (GEOSAF)

GEOSAF researchers created short-term soil moisture forecasts using several crop growth and soil moisture models. More

Weather Forecasts and Soil Data for African Farms (FarmSupport)

FarmSupport developed an application to provide farmers in Ethiopia and Kenya with weather forecasts and soil moisture information to help improve agricultural decision making More

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

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

Impacts of Glacial Retreat in the Andes (PRAA)

PRAA used pilot projects in three tropical Andes countries to help local ecosystems and economies better adapt to the many impacts of the rapid glacier retreat under way throughout the region. More

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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