To achieve these objectives, the ERD group develops and modifies the Global Biosphere Management Model (GLOBIOM), an economic model for agriculture, forestry and fisheries.
The ERD group has contributed to economic, social and environmental impact assessments and policy scenarios for various national and international organizations, including the European Commission, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), the World Bank, the International Climate Initiative (IKI), the United States Environmental Protection Agency and the World Wildlife Fund.
The ERD group plays an important role in the scientific community by contributing to high-level scientific publications in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Nature Climate Change, and Science Advances, among others. The group also participates in a number of international research consortia, such as the Integrated Assessment Modeling Consortium, Energy Modeling Forum, Agricultural Model Intercomparison and Improvement Project and Horizon 2020 of the European Commission.
Highlights from past projects
Redd Plus Policy Assessment Center (REDD-PAC)
The REDD-PAC project aimed at developing technical know-how and capacity in designing efficient, effective and environmentally relevant REDD+ strategies and land use policies.
ILUC Quantification Study of EU Biofuels
EUCLIMIT: Development and Application of EU Economy-Wide Climate Mitigation Modelling Capacity (All Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Removals)
The objective of EUCLIMIT was to perform model-based scenario quantification that supports the European Commission in undertaking impact assessments and analyzing policy options for implementing and further developing the Climate and Energy package and other climate-relevant policies in the EU.
Alternative Futures for Global Food and Agriculture
This report develops three contrasting scenarios to illustrate alternative futures, based on several global economic models and extensive stakeholder discussions, and outlines policy considerations to help ensure that future needs are met sustainably.
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MODELS & DATA
Gusti M, Forsell N, Havlik P, Khabarov N, Kraxner F, & Obersteiner M (2018). The sensitivity of the costs of reducing emissions from deforestation and degradation (REDD) to future socioeconomic drivers and its implications for mitigation policy design. Mitigation and Adaptation Strategies for Global Change DOI:10.1007/s11027-018-9817-9. (In Press)
Grubler A, Wilson C, Bento N, Boza-Kiss B, Krey V, McCollum D, Rao N, Riahi K, et al. (2018). A low energy demand scenario for meeting the 1.5 °C target and sustainable development goals without negative emission technologies. Nature Energy 3: 517-525. DOI:10.1038/s41560-018-0172-6.
Kanter DR, Musumba M, Wood SLR, Palm C, Antle J, Balvanera P, Dale VH, Havlik P, et al. (2018). Evaluating agricultural trade-offs in the age of sustainable development. Agricultural Systems 163: 73-88. DOI:10.1016/j.agsy.2016.09.010.
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