2018 ESM News

The latest research and updates from the Ecosystems Services & Management Program

2018

19 September 2018
Reduction of soil microbes limit feedbacks in a warming climate

Soil microbes get more active in warmer temperatures, causing increased CO2 emissions. But a new study shows that in prolonged warming, the amount of microbial biomass decreases, balancing the effect.  More

17 September 2018
Paris climate targets could be exceeded sooner than expected

A new study has for the first time comprehensively accounted for permafrost carbon release when estimating emission budgets for climate targets. The results show that the world might be closer to exceeding the budget for the long-term target of the Paris climate agreement than previously thought.  More

28 August 2018
Remote islands harbor higher numbers of non-native species

Numbers of native species on islands decrease with greater remoteness, while the numbers of non-native species on islands increase, according to an international research team including IIASA researcher Florian Hofhansl.  More

30 July 2018
Climate taxes on agriculture could lead to more food insecurity than climate change itself

New IIASA-led research has found that a single climate mitigation scheme applied to all sectors, such as a global carbon tax, could have a serious impact on agriculture and result in far more widespread hunger and food insecurity than the direct impacts of climate change. Smarter, inclusive policies are necessary instead.  More

26 July 2018
IIASA researchers help EU states to assess forestry’s role in achieving climate commitments

IIASA researchers have led the development of new guidance for EU member states estimating greenhouse gas emissions and removals from their forests and developing plans to show how they will account for these emissions and removals in the future.  More

24 July 2018
IIASA signs MOU with Indonesia’s Institute Teknologi Bandung (ITB)

Researchers, scientists and experts from both sides will participate in the joint research project. IIASA will contribute its expertise on modelling while ITB makes their research Indonesia-specific.  More

09 July 2018
Brazil’s Forest Code can balance the needs of agriculture and the environment

If fully implemented, Brazil’s Forest Code, an environmental law designed to protect the country’s native vegetation and regulate land use, will not prevent growth in Brazilian agriculture, according to new IIASA-led research.  More

05 July 2018
Biorefineries will have only minimal effects on wood products and feedstocks markets

A new report from researchers from IIASA, Luleå University of Technology (LTU), and RISE Research Institutes of Sweden has shown that more biorefineries, which produce biobased fuels and chemicals, will have only a small effect on the availability and pricing of wood products and feedstocks.  More

08 June 2018
Citizen scientists across Europe can help monitor land-use change with new FotoQuest Go app

An expanded FotoQuest Go app, developed by IIASA researchers, launches today, and as well as now covering the whole of the EU rather than just Austria, it will have some other exciting new features.  More

12 January 2018
Thinking outside the box on climate mitigation

A new article lays the groundwork for alternative climate mitigation scenarios that place less reliance on unproven negative emissions technologies in the future.  More

11 December 2017
Prototype land cover map of Africa: Great start but more accuracy needed

The latest land cover map of Africa has exceptionally high resolution, picking out features at just 20 m. However, its detail does not reflect its accuracy, which lies at 65%, IIASA researchers have discovered, not as high as many had hoped.  More

06 November 2017
Two thirds of major emitting countries not on track to reach their climate targets

A new studyconcludes that 16 out of 25 analysed countries and regions are not on track to achieve the nationally determined contributions (NDCs) targets they have set for themselves on greenhouse gas emissions.  More

02 October 2017
Win-win strategies for climate and food security

Efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from the agriculture and forestry sectors could lead to increased food prices—but new research identifies strategies that could help mitigate climate change while avoiding steep hikes in food prices.  More

26 September 2017
Land, forest, and cropland data now available

Three new data sets, developed with input from citizen scientists and the IIASA scientific network, have been fully documented and published in a new Nature open access journal.  More

19 September 2017
Citizen science targets land-use change in Austria

FotoQuest GO—a citizen science campaign aimed at collecting observations of land use and land cover across Austria—launches this week. Researchers hope it will bring a leap forward in community-based land-use change monitoring.  More

12 September 2017
Mapping and the Citizen Sensor is now on the shelves

Mapping and the Citizen Sensor, a new book edited by IIASA researchers and their colleagues, has just been published.  More

21 July 2017
Better farm water management could help achieve UN Sustainable Development Goals

Around 40% of irrigated agriculture is unsustainable, according to a new study. However, better farm water management could help reconcile global water, environment, and food targets.  More

27 June 2017
Safeguarding sustainability through forest certification mapping

How can we ensure forest protection and sustainable forest biomass production at the same time? A first-ever global map of certified forest areas, based on a participatory and collaborative mapping approach, contributes to the answer.  More

20 June 2017
Junguo Liu receives the Society for Ecological Restoration Communication Award

The Society for Ecological Restoration recently announced that the 2017 Communication Award would be presented to Prof. Junguo Liu, a research scholar at IIASA, as well as a professor at the Southern University of Science and Technology, in view of his outstanding contribution to the ecological environment.  More

09 June 2017
Focus on zero-deforestation palm oil in Malaysia

Many companies pledged to source deforestation-free palm oil only. What does that mean on the ground? A new IIASA study in collaboration with Ferrero sheds light on land use in palm estates in Malaysia.  More

28 April 2017
Citizen science campaign to aid disaster response

For the next few weeks researchers are testing a new system to aid disaster damage mapping, providing much-needed real-time data to help communities recover and rebuild after disaster.  More

20 April 2017
Restoring tropical forests for a sustainable future

The new RESTORE+ project brings together ten international partners to develop policy-oriented solutions for tropical forest restoration in Indonesia, Brazil, and the Congo.  More

13 April 2017
Next ten years critical for achieving climate change goals

In order to have a good chance of meeting the limits set by the Paris Agreement, it will be necessary to both reduce greenhouse gas emissions while preserving carbon sinks, with net emissions peaking in the next ten years, according to a new study.  More

05 April 2017
Small and medium farms are essential to sustain quality of global food supply

Small and medium farms produce more than half of the food globally, and produce the vast majority of food and nutrients in low income countries, according to a new study that maps global nutrient production from farms worldwide.  More

09 March 2017
Investment key in adapting to climate change in West Africa

Climate change will likely have negative impacts on food production in West Africa, but a new study provides insights on how strategic planning by decision makers could ease or exacerbate food security challenges in the region.  More

07 March 2017
ECONADAPT - Tools for Economic Assessment of Adaptation to Climate Change

The EU-Project ECONADAPT came to a close after three years of research on the economics of adaptation. The main impetus of the project was to support adaptation planning through building a knowledge base on the economics of adaptation to climate change and converting this into practical information for decision makers. As an output of the project, the ECONADAPT Toolbox and the ECONADAPT Library are available for use by the public and interested stakeholders.  More

30 January 2017
New momentum in low-carbon energy

Low-carbon energy is gaining momentum worldwide and is globally reducing carbon dioxide pollution, but unless new technologies are deployed, this momentum could be threatened.  More

25 January 2017
Harvests in the US to suffer from climate change

Some of the most important crops risk substantial damage from rising temperatures. To better assess how climate change caused by human greenhouse gas emissions will likely impact wheat, maize and soybean, an international team of scientists now ran an unprecedentedly comprehensive set of computer simulations of US crop yields.  More

16 January 2017
Trade-offs between economic growth and deforestation

In many developing countries, economic growth and deforestation seem to go hand in hand—but the links are not well understood. In a new study, researchers use an innovative methodology to quantify the relationship.  More

16 January 2017
Income and energy efficiency to drive future greenhouse gas emissions

Variation in projected long-term carbon dioxide emissions are primarily driven by future income and energy efficiency, according to new research.  More

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

11 January 2017
Grasslands hold potential for increased food production

Managing grazing on grasslands in a more efficient way could significantly increase global milk and meat production or free up land for other uses.  More

29 November 2016
Study maps the climate impact of agriculture

A new study provides the first global assessment of greenhouse gas emissions from croplands, showing the relative impact of different crops and management practices on climate change.  More

29 November 2016
Global food security aided by combining different methods

Researchers have combined simulation and statistical methods to help them predict how temperature affects wheat crops worldwide.  More

04 November 2016
Informing action on a historic climate agreement

The Paris Agreement on climate change goes into effect today, but while the agreement set ambitious targets for tackling climate change, scientists say there is a long way to go to achieve it. Research suggests pathways to get the world on track.  More

03 November 2016
Biodiversity needs citizen scientists

Could birdwatching or monitoring tree blossoms in your community make a difference in global environmental research? A new study says yes: citizen scientists have a vital role to play.  More

19 October 2016
Reducing ammonia pollution from cattle

Agriculture is responsible for 90% of all ammonia pollution in Europe, a considerable part of which comes from cattle manure management: a new study shows what steps to take to reduce this pollution.  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

20 September 2016
Climate change means land use will need to change to keep up with global food demand, say scientists

IIASA researchers contributed to a publication in Nature Communications, led by the University of Birmingham, which warns that without significant improvements in technology, global crop yields are likely to fall in the areas currently used for production of the world’s three major cereal crops, forcing production to move to new areas.  More

16 September 2016
Wicked trade-offs between environmental SDGs and food security

A new analysis examines the interconnections between the Sustainable Development Goals, identifying policy pathways that lead to trade-offs, and others that could bring benefits on multiple fronts.  More

12 September 2016
Cropland Validation: IIASA’s Latest Citizen Science Campaign

IIASA researchers are pleased to announce the launch of a new Citizen Science Campaign: ''Cropland Validation'', which aims to assess changes in the extent of cropland and understand the long term impacts of agriculture and cultivation practices on the environment.  More

05 September 2016
IIASA researchers take part in EU citizen science project

IIASA is a partner in the newly launched GROW Observatory – an EU-wide 'citizen science' project for family farmers, gardeners, and growers.  More

29 August 2016
Flood resilience portal launched

During World Water Week, an international partnership on flood resilience, including IIASA researchers, is launching an online Flood Resilience Portal to provide essential information and practical solutions for flooding around the world.  More

16 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

21 July 2016
Can palm oil be sustainable?

A new study shows to where and to what extent palm oil plantations could be expanded, while avoiding further deforestation in pristine and carbon-rich tropical forests.  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

17 May 2016
New study sets climate target for agriculture

In order to meet the goals set by the Paris climate agreement, agriculture will need to reduce emissions substantially. In a new study researchers propose a target for greenhouse gas emissions from farming that could meet those goals.  More

27 April 2016
IIASA project in top 10 for Sallinger Fund prize

The Satellite Technologies for Improved Drought Risk Assessment (SATIDA) project has been voted among the top 10 projects for this year’s Rudolph Sallinger Foundation prize.  More

20 April 2016
Climate change threatens already volatile Lake Urmia

Climate change is likely to worsen the situation of the drought-stricken hypersaline Lake Urmia in Iran, even in the most optimistic climate change scenario and without any further human impact.  More

15 April 2016
Drinking water: Carbon pricing revenues could close infrastructure gaps

More than 700 million people have no running water. A study released today shows that a carbon tax could help remedy this situation while contributing considerably to climate protection.  More

22 March 2016
Livestock holds major potential for mitigating climate change

Livestock production offers a significant opportunity to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions while maintaining the economic and social benefits of the sector, according to a new study from IIASA and partners.  More

16 March 2016
The untold impact on permafrost carbon emissions

Expert research suggests that Tundra and boreal biomass may decrease in response to global warming due to drought stress, increased fire, and insect damage.  More

16 March 2016
IIASA study assesses land-use impacts of EU biofuel policy

The indirect impacts of biofuel production on land-use change and greenhouse gas emissions in the European Union vary widely depending on the type of biofuel, according to a new study.  More

12 February 2016
IIASA research supports clean energy center for Indonesia

IIASA researchers have contributed specially tailored analysis tools to the new Indonesian Center of Excellence for Clean Energy, launched today at the Bali Clean Energy Forum.  More

18 January 2016
Awards support the next generation of systems analysis researchers

Expanded awards for young scientists will enable a growing number of outstanding researchers to conduct research at IIASA.  More

04 January 2016
Worldwide electricity production vulnerable to climate and water resource change

Climate change impacts on rivers and streams may substantially reduce electricity production capacity around the world. A new study calls for a greater focus on adaptation efforts in order to maintain future energy security.  More

18 December 2015
The Paris climate agreement: A vital turning point

The Paris climate talks have yielded an international agreement pledging to keep warming well below 2°C, and endeavoring to limit it to 1.5°C. IIASA hails this as a breakthrough but, as Director General and CEO Professor Dr. Pavel Kabat says: “The real work has yet to begin.”  More

14 December 2015
Algae cultivation could bring benefits for climate, food security

A new study examines the potential of algae as a livestock feed source, and potential benefits for climate change mitigation and food security.  More

07 December 2015
Negative emissions no silver bullet for climate change mitigation

There are significant constraints to large-scale deployment of negative emissions technologies in the future to reach climate change targets, according to a new study including IIASA research. The study emphasizes that greenhouse gas emissions must be reduced aggressively and immediately.  More

30 November 2015
Large role for land in country climate pledges

An assessment of the individual country pledges for the Paris climate summit shows that agriculture, forestry, and other land-based factors will play an important role in emissions reductions.  More

19 November 2015
Monitoring food security with mobile phones

With a mobile data collection app and satellite data, scientists may be able to project whether a certain region is vulnerable to food shortages and malnutrition. The method has now been tested in the Central African Republic.  More

13 November 2015
Network analysis shows systemic risk in mineral markets

A shortage of a rare mineral could spur global market instabilities, according to a new analysis of international commodity trade networks.  More

09 November 2015
World Bank Report: Climate, development and poverty

IIASA research conducted for a new World Bank report shows the key role of agriculture and forestry in addressing the interlinked challenges of climate change and poverty.  More

29 October 2015
Citizen science takes aim at deforestation

IIASA researchers aim to build a new deforestation map with the help of players in their new Picture Pile game.  More

19 October 2015
Carbon sequestration in soil: The potential underfoot

Declining greenhouse gas emissions from European cropland could compensate for up to 7% of annual agricultural emissions from the region, according to a new study analyzing the carbon uptake potential of soil. However at global scale, indirect effects could offset significant parts of these emission savings.  More

07 October 2015
Study on land use change underlies Brazil’s climate commitment

A new report from an international consortium including IIASA researchers provides the scientific guidance on deforestation and land use change to support Brazil in developing an evidence-based climate pledge.  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

18 September 2015
Systems analysis for global transformations

A special issue of the journal Technological Forecasting and Social Change explores research on uncertainty and global transformations.  More

28 August 2015
Downward revision in Chinese carbon dioxide emissions

Chinese carbon dioxideemissions could be lower than previously estimated, according to a new study published in the journal Nature.  More

21 August 2015
Boreal forests challenged by global change

Forest management must adapt in order to ensure that forests stay healthy in a time of unprecedented environmental change.  More

29 July 2015
Existing climate policies have major potential

Replicating climate and energy policies with proven potential around the world could significantly contribute to bringing GHG emissions towards being on track to meet the 2°C target.  More

09 July 2015
FotoQuest Austria: An adventure in citizen science

FotoQuest Austria, a summer citizen science campaign, allows participants to explore the outdoors while taking pictures and collecting observations for science, using a game-like app on their mobile devices.  More

06 July 2015
New report weighs sustainable development trade-offs

Natural resources management must be an integral part of policy to support the Sustainable Development Goals, argues a new report from the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), based on IIASA research.  More

23 June 2015
A new resource for clean energy systems

IIASA researchers have contributed to a major new reference work on renewable energy, climate mitigation methods, and sustainable energy.  More

18 June 2015
FAO: What climate change implies for global food security and trade

A new book including IIASA research takes stock of climate change impacts on food and agriculture at global and regional levels.  More

26 May 2015
Nordic forests under pressure

In the future, Nordic forests may become increasingly torn between demands from global industry, climate change mitigation, and environmental concerns, according to a new book.  More

21 May 2015
Energy and nature in the Alps: a balancing act

The Alps offer great potential for renewable energy production. But this simultaneously increases the pressure on nature. The recharge.green project, concluding this week, finds ways to ensure this balancing act succeeds.  More

11 May 2015
For biofuels and climate, location matters

Dedicating more land to biofuel production can lead to increased greenhouse gas emissions, which take decades to make up for. A new study shows that geography is a key factor determining how big that impact is.  More

21 April 2015
Sustainable development goals and the land-water-food nexus

Tackling the Sustainable Development Goals, with 17 different aims, requires coordinated action that takes into account the co-benefits and tradeoffs between the interlinked goals, according to new studies presented at the Global Soil Week 2015.  More

08 April 2015
New global crop data aid in food policy decisions

IIASA cropland maps form the basis of a new interactive web site, which shows production of 42 crops at ten-kilometer resolution.  More

30 March 2015
Citizen scientists map global forests

New global forest maps combine citizen science with multiple data sources, for an unprecedented level of accuracy about the location and extent of forestland worldwide.  More

19 March 2015
Development of a global hybrid forest mask through the synergy of remote sensing, crowdsourcing and FAO statistics

First global forest cover map calibrated with FAO FRA statistics is produced based on integration of remote sensing data and crowdsourcing.  More

05 March 2015
The big questions in climate impact science

A workshop at IIASA brought together international researchers to examine the big picture of climate change impacts around the world, and make a new research plan to hone in on the major remaining questions.  More

03 February 2015
How will ocean acidification impact marine life?

A new analysis provides a holistic assessment of the impacts of climate change and ocean acidification on marine organisms including coral, shellfish, sea urchins, and other calcifying species.  More

16 January 2015
Finding farmland: New maps offer a clearer view of global agriculture

A new global cropland map combines multiple satellite data sources, reconciled using crowdsourced accuracy checks, to provide an improved record of total cropland extent as well as field size around the world.  More

18 December 2014
Young scientists win Ukrainian presidential award

Four young scientists have won an award from the Ukrainian president for their forest and land use research in collaboration with IIASA.  More

18 December 2014
How will climate change transform agriculture?

Climate change impacts will require major but very uncertain transformations of global agriculture systems by mid-century, according to new IIASA research.  More

25 November 2014
UN climate award goes to IIASA flood resilience program

A collaborative IIASA project on flood resilience has been chosen by theUN’s Momentum for Change initiative as an exemplary Lighthouse Activity in 2014.  More

18 November 2014
IIASA researchers win GEO Appathon

Growers’ Nation, a mobile app developed by IIASA researchers, has won the 2014 Group on Earth Observations (GEO) Appathon, a global app development competition aimed at unleashing the power of Earth Observations.  More

09 October 2014
Beyond Sharing Earth Observations

IIASA researcher Linda See and colleagues point to the need to share earth observation calibration and validation data in Nature Correspondence.  More

29 September 2014
Growers Nation brings citizen science to the farm

A new app designed at IIASA makes agricultural data available for gardeners and smallholder farmers around the world, and allows users to share information and inform future research.  More

22 September 2014
Climate targets move further from reach

The Global Carbon Project’s 2014 Carbon Budget shows the continuing rise of global greenhouse gas emissions in 2013. Analyses from IIASA researchers and colleagues show the implications for meeting climate targets.  More

08 September 2014
Climate change to increase forest fire danger in Europe

Climate change is expected to contribute to a dramatic increase in forest fire damage in Europe, but better forest management could mitigate the problem, according to new research from the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA).  More

07 July 2014
An elemental balancing act

Options Magazine, Summer 2014: Carbon, nitrogen, and phosphorus are building blocks of life on Earth. What happens as we drastically change their ratios in the environment?  More

06 July 2014
Know your planet

Options Magazine, Summer 2014: The Geo-Wiki project’s growing efforts in crowdsourcing land?cover data could help end “satellite squabbles” in Kenya.  More

22 May 2014
Symbiosis or capitalism? A new view of forest fungi

A new study suggests that symbiotic relationships between trees and the mycorrhyzae that grow in their roots may not be as mutually beneficial as previously thought.  More

01 May 2014
Cropland Capture brings a flood of crowdsourced data

IIASA’s crowdsourcing game Cropland Capture ends its six-month campaign next week. Players have already validated more than 4 million square kilometers of land cover. Researchers are now using the data to build a new and improved map of global cropland.  More

28 April 2014
Brazilian agricultural policy could cut global greenhouse gas emissions

Brazil may be able to curb up to 26% of global greenhouse gas emissions from deforestation by encouraging the intensification of its cattle production, according to a new study from researchers at the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) and international collaborators.  More

14 April 2014
Nutrient-rich forests absorb more carbon

The ability of forests to sequester carbon from the atmosphere depends on nutrients available in the forest soils, shows new research from an international team of researchers, including IIASA.  More

11 April 2014
Cropland Capture Competition

There are now just four more weeks to win prizes in IIASA's Cropland Capture Game! Play now and help science at the same time.  More

07 April 2014
The tiniest greenhouse gas emitters

Climate feedbacks from decomposition by soil microbes are one of the biggest uncertainties facing climate modelers. A new study from the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) and the University of Vienna shows that these feedbacks may be less dire than previously thought.  More

31 March 2014
Impacts, adaptation, and vulnerability to climate change

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has released the second part of its 5th Assessment Report (AR5), “Impacts, Adaptation, and Vulnerability.” IIASA research provides an important input to the report.  More

11 March 2014
IIASA research underlies IPCC methodology report

How can countries count emissions from land use and land use change? IIASA research underlies a new methodology report for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).  More

24 February 2014
Better livestock diets to combat climate change and improve food security

The projected transition of livestock systems from pure grazing diets to diets supplemented by higher quality feeds will cut greenhouse gas emissions from land use change globally by as much as 23% by 2030, while improving food availability and farmers’ income, shows new IIASA research.  More

18 February 2014
Tropical Flagship Initiative launched in Indonesia

IIASA and Indonesian partner institutions signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) at the kickoff meeting for the Tropical Flagship Initiative in Jakarta this week.  More

29 January 2014
Providing science to European climate policymakers

IIASA models provided quantitative input to the recent proposal of the European Commission on climate and energy goals for 2030.  More

28 January 2014
Fertilizer nutrient imbalance to limit food production in Africa

A growing imbalance between phosphorus and nitrogen fertilizer use in Africa could lead to crop yield reductions of nearly 30% by 2050, according to a new study from researchers at the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA).  More

27 January 2014
IIASA tackles the tropics

Options Magazine, Winter 2013/2014 With its National Member Organizations in Brazil and Indonesia, IIASA will launch a multi-year flagship project for the Tropics  More

24 January 2014
IIASA and Future Forests collaborate on exploring the future of the Swedish forest sector

The Future Forests project brings together IIASA researchers and experts in Sweden to understand the future of Swedish forests.  More

15 January 2014
Model comparison improves estimates of future food demand

An unprecedented comparison of agricultural economic models shows that future demand is likely to exceed previous estimates, with the biggest uncertainties coming from future changes in population and consumption.  More

14 January 2014
ERC funds IIASA crowdsourcing project

The European Research Council has awarded a highly competitive Consolidator Grant to Steffen Fritz, leader and creator of IIASA’s citizen science project, Geo-Wiki.  More

20 December 2013
The footprint of food

December 2013. Options Magazine, Winter 2013/2014 The food we eat has impacts on land, water, forests, and the world’s climate. IIASA research shows the way toward a more sustainable future.  More

18 December 2013
ERC grant supports international project on fertilizer and environment

Researchers from Austria, Spain, Belgium, and France will explore the worsening environmental problems related to nitrogen, phosphorus, and carbon under a new grant from the European Research Council.  More

17 December 2013
New studies map future climate impacts across sectors

A pioneering collaboration within the international scientific community provides comprehensive projections of climate change effects, ranging from risks to crop yields to the spread of malaria.  More

16 December 2013
Global study details the contribution of livestock to land use and greenhouse gas emissions

Minor improvements in feed quality in developing countries could significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions from livestock products, according to a new study from researchers in Europe, Africa, and Australia.  More

06 December 2013
In the human interest

December 2013. Options Magazine, Winter 2013/2014 How will climate change affect people around the world? The new ISI-MIP project, a collaboration including 30 research institutes around the world, provides the most comprehensive assessment yet.  More

20 November 2013
Land-use models can make effective REDD policies a reality

Efforts to cut emissions by reducing deforestation and land use change require solid support from integrated land-use models, said participants at the Global Landscapes Forum last weekend in Warsaw.  More

15 November 2013
Cropland Capture game brings citizen science to global food research

IIASA’s GeoWiki project today released a new game, Cropland Capture, which turns global land cover research into an addictive game for computer, tablet, and smartphone users.  More

28 October 2013
Building a framework for sustainability science

A meeting last week in Santa Fe brought together a diverse group of scientists and modelers to discuss both theoretical and practical aspects of sustainability research, and how to move between the two.  More

01 October 2013
YSSP participant wins IPCC fellowship

2012 YSSP participant Pheakkdey Nguon has won a fellowship from the IPCC to fund his research on REDD+ in Cambodia. He accepted the award yesterday from Prince Albert II of Monaco.  More

27 September 2013
IIASA research provides answers on climate change

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change today released the first portion of its 5th Assessment Report. IIASA research focuses on what to do about this major global problem.  More

16 September 2013
Tip Sheet: New findings on mercury, climate, and food

Check out the latest new research findings from IIASA on mercury pollution, climate and food production in China, and greenhouse gas emissions.  More

26 August 2013
Alpbach session addresses stagnation of green growth

IIASA experts participated in panels at the European Forum Alpbach today focusing on the complex issues around green growth and global development.  More

14 August 2013
Do weather extremes accelerate climate change?

A new overview study published in Nature investigates the impacts of meteorological extreme events on the carbon cycles of land ecosystems: a self-reinforcing effect in the wake of climate change cannot be ruled out.  More

31 July 2013
Citizen scientists rival experts in analyzing land-cover data

Data gathered and analyzed by non-experts can rival the quality of data from experts, shows a new IIASA study of crowdsourced data from its Geo-Wiki project.  More

16 July 2013
New study addresses trade-offs between food security and climate change mitigation

Improving agricultural productivity could help cut greenhouse gas emissions from agriculture, shows new IIASA research. But sustainable farming methods are key.  More

08 July 2013
Bioenergy and biofuels don’t have to lead to deforestation

A new IIASA study provides plausible scenarios for simultaneous increasing bioenergy and biofuel production while preserving forests and biodiversity.  More

02 July 2013
PNAS: Identifying climate impact hotspots

One out of ten people on Earth is likely to live in a climate impact hotspot by the end of this century, if greenhouse gas emissions continue unabated, according to a new study by researchers from the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impacts Research (PIK), IIASA, and others.  More

10 June 2013
PNAS: To cut CO2, account for outsourcing

In order to reach targets for CO2 emissions, China should count CO2 emissions where products are consumed, not simply where they are produced, say IIASA researchers.  More

07 May 2013
IIASA researcher leads NASA SpaceApps challenge

From 20-21 April, IIASA researchers co-led a challenge at the NASA SpaceApps hackathon to produce a simple, inexpensive soil testing kit to help farmers and researchers around the world.  More

25 April 2013
Geo-Wiki goes Down-Under

The Australian Geo-Wiki System is now in the final stages of development  More

20 April 2013
IIASA leading a soil testing kit challenge at NASA SpaceApps Hackathon

NASA's Space Apps challengewill be taking place this weekend 20/21 April at 83 locations around the world in 42 countries.  More

17 April 2013
Negative emissions and the carbon cycle

Can humanity switch from emitting massive amounts of climate-warming gases, to instead removing them from the atmosphere? International researchers discussed the potentials and challenges for negative emissions this week at a meeting co-organized by IIASA and the Global Carbon Project.  More

11 April 2013
Geo-Wiki Pictures released

New version of Geo-Wiki for Android available. It's now called Geo-Wiki pictures  More

10 April 2013
Hannes Böttcher on Greenhouse Gas Emissions from Human Land Use

ESM researcher Hannes Böttcher discussed his findings during a press conference on Wednesday, 10 April, at the European Geosciences Union (EGU) conference in Vienna, Austria.  More

10 April 2013
Sylvain Leduc on EU Biofuel Production

ESM researcher Sylvain Leduc speaks on why woddy biofuel are not the best option for European production at European Geosciences Union (EGU) conference in Vienna, Austria.  More

03 April 2013
Keeping soil sustainable

Small amounts of fertilizer can drastically improve crop yields, potentially feeding millions more people in South America and Africa, according to new IIASA research  More

26 March 2013
IIASA advises on post-2015 development goals

From 25-27 March, IIASA researchers joined other academic experts in Bali to advise a high-level panel of international policymakers on the post-2015 development agenda.  More

14 March 2013
Connecting Africa to a global data network

March, 2013: A new initiative brings smartphones to African farmers, involving them in data collection for global land-use models and at the same time connecting them to weather and agricultural data that can help improve crop yields.  More

21 February 2013
IIASA Geo-Wiki group wins best paper award

IIASA researchers have won a "Best Paper" award from the journal Remote Sensing, for a study on using crowdsourcing to improve land cover data.  More

16 January 2013
Updated estimate shows less land for biofuel

Less land may be available for growing biofuels than previously thought, according to a new study of land availability published in the journal Environmental Science and Technology. Citizen scientists were major contributors to the report.  More

22 November 2012
Towards Constraining GHG Emission in the Future: Systems Analytical Challenges Ahead

ESM researcher Matthias Jonas will give a lecture at the Lviv Polytechnic National University in the Ukraine on Thursday, 22nd of November 2012.  More

13 November 2012
beta-hybrid.geo-wiki.org launched

A new Geo-wiki branch beta-hybrid.geo-wiki.org has been launched recently.  More

13 November 2012
beta-hybrid.geo-wiki.org launched

A new Geo-wiki branch beta-hybrid.geo-wiki.org has been launched recently.  More

29 October 2012
Citizens add to Forest Cover Map

ESM researchers Marijn van der Velde, Linda See and Steffen Fritz recently wrote a Correspondence in Nature to illustrate how ‘crowd sourcing’ initiatives can complement remote sensing data.  More

22 October 2012
Informal Future Forest Meeting

OnMonday 22nd of October 2012, the working group from the Swedish Future Forests program/SLU will visit the ESM Program again to discuss further collaboration within the Future Forest Project.  More

16 October 2012
Geo-Wiki Presentation at the World Food Summit

ESM Researcher Linda See will present a summary of the recent USAID hackathon experience at the World Food Summit in Des Moines Iowa, US on 16 Oct 2012.  More

13 October 2012
Hacking for Humanity - New Hackathon starts on 13th of October 2012!

The Geo-Wiki Team will take part in a new hackathon focusing on Central African Republic. Cropland information for this country is currently poor since the two best cropland maps disagree almost completely on where cropland occurs. Our aim is to improve this situation.  More

06 October 2012
Hacking For Hunger - Hackathon Continues

Data Cleanup Geo-Wiki Crowd-Sourced Data in Ethiopia: Stopping Land Grabbing and Improving Food Security  More

01 October 2012
Modelling Workshop in DRC organized by the National REDD Coordination

ESM researchersAline MosnierandGéraldine Bocquéhowill participate in a modeling workshop organized by the National REDD Coordination (CN-REDD) of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).  More

24 September 2012
Revision: IPCC Good Practice Guidelines for LULUCF

Hannes Böttcher(Ecosystem Services and Management) will attend an international Expert Meeting and the First Lead Author Meeting on September 24-28 in Kobe, Japan.  More

20 September 2012
Assessing Effectiveness of European Biofuel Sustainability Criteria

Stefan Frank will present his study on the Effectiveness of European Biofuel Sustainability Criteria at the meeting of theAustrian Society of Agricultural Economics (ÖGA) at theUniversity of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna.  More

05 September 2012
UPDATE: Current Geo-Wiki Competition

The competition will end on the 15th of September, so the final race has started!  More

2017

11 December 2017
Prototype land cover map of Africa: Great start but more accuracy needed

The latest land cover map of Africa has exceptionally high resolution, picking out features at just 20 m. However, its detail does not reflect its accuracy, which lies at 65%, IIASA researchers have discovered, not as high as many had hoped.  More

06 November 2017
Two thirds of major emitting countries not on track to reach their climate targets

A new studyconcludes that 16 out of 25 analysed countries and regions are not on track to achieve the nationally determined contributions (NDCs) targets they have set for themselves on greenhouse gas emissions.  More

02 October 2017
Win-win strategies for climate and food security

Efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from the agriculture and forestry sectors could lead to increased food prices—but new research identifies strategies that could help mitigate climate change while avoiding steep hikes in food prices.  More

26 September 2017
Land, forest, and cropland data now available

Three new data sets, developed with input from citizen scientists and the IIASA scientific network, have been fully documented and published in a new Nature open access journal.  More

19 September 2017
Citizen science targets land-use change in Austria

FotoQuest GO—a citizen science campaign aimed at collecting observations of land use and land cover across Austria—launches this week. Researchers hope it will bring a leap forward in community-based land-use change monitoring.  More

12 September 2017
Mapping and the Citizen Sensor is now on the shelves

Mapping and the Citizen Sensor, a new book edited by IIASA researchers and their colleagues, has just been published.  More

21 July 2017
Better farm water management could help achieve UN Sustainable Development Goals

Around 40% of irrigated agriculture is unsustainable, according to a new study. However, better farm water management could help reconcile global water, environment, and food targets.  More

27 June 2017
Safeguarding sustainability through forest certification mapping

How can we ensure forest protection and sustainable forest biomass production at the same time? A first-ever global map of certified forest areas, based on a participatory and collaborative mapping approach, contributes to the answer.  More

20 June 2017
Junguo Liu receives the Society for Ecological Restoration Communication Award

The Society for Ecological Restoration recently announced that the 2017 Communication Award would be presented to Prof. Junguo Liu, a research scholar at IIASA, as well as a professor at the Southern University of Science and Technology, in view of his outstanding contribution to the ecological environment.  More

09 June 2017
Focus on zero-deforestation palm oil in Malaysia

Many companies pledged to source deforestation-free palm oil only. What does that mean on the ground? A new IIASA study in collaboration with Ferrero sheds light on land use in palm estates in Malaysia.  More


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