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Matthew Gidden is a nuclear engineer whose interests lie at the intersection of advanced energy technologies, energy policy, energy security, and nonproliferation issues. Before joining IIASA, Dr. Gidden received his PhD and Master’s degrees in nuclear engineering from the University of Wisconsin at Madison. He is also a graduate of Texas A&M University's nuclear engineering department. His doctoral work focused on applying optimization and simulation techniques to develop new models of current and advanced nuclear fuel cycles.
As a Research Scholar with the IIASA Energy (ENE) Program, Dr. Gidden develops tools and methods to answer interesting questions regarding the Energy-Climate-Food-Water Nexus across spatial and temporal scales. He is also one of the lead developers of the energy system and integrated assessment framework MESSAGEix, an open-source platform for integrated and cross-cutting modeling. In addition, Dr. Gidden investigates historical and future national, subnational, and spatial patterns of socioeconomic conditions, energy use, emissions, and infrastructure. His research interests include investigating the effects and impacts of climate change on populations as well as the energy system mitigation and adaptation options available under difference scenarios of the future.
Dr. Gidden serves as a leader of ScenarioMIP, a CMIP6 endorsed MIP which provides robust scenarios of plausible futures of emissions and land use. The outputs of ScenarioMIP are critical drivers for the remaining MIPs, which use emissions and concentration data to drive Earth System Models. He also serves as the technical lead of CRESCENDO, an EU Horizon 2020 project with strong ties to CMIP6, coordinating efforts in Work Package 10 across multiple scientific teams worldwide.
Dr. Gidden advocates for sound, science based policy decision making through his work with the American Nuclear Society and, as an educator affiliated with the Software Carpentry Foundation, is also a strong proponent of reproducible computational science.
Last update: 26-JUN-2018
Gidden M, Fujimori S, van den Berg M, Klein D, Smith SJ, van Vuuren D, & Riahi K (2018). A Methodology and Implementation of Automated Emissions Harmonization for Use in Integrated Assessment Models. Environmental Modelling & Software 105: 187-200. DOI:10.1016/j.envsoft.2018.04.002.
McCollum D, Zhou W, Bertram C, de Boer H-S, Bosetti V, Busch S, Despres J, Drouet L, et al. (2018). Energy investment needs for fulfilling the Paris Agreement and achieving the Sustainable Development Goals. Nature Energy DOI:10.1038/s41560-018-0179-z. (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.
Parkinson S, Krey V, Huppmann D, Kahil T, McCollum D, Fricko O, Byers E, Gidden M, et al. (2018). Balancing clean water-climate change mitigation tradeoffs. IIASA Working Paper. IIASA, Laxenburg, Austria: WP-18-005
Liu L, Parkinson S, Gidden M, Byers E, Satoh Y, Riahi K, & Forman B (2018). Quantifying the potential for reservoirs to secure future surface water yields in the world's largest river basins. Environmental Research Letters 13 (4): e044026. DOI:10.1088/1748-9326/aab2b5.
Pfenninger S, Hirth L, Schlecht I, Schmid E, Wiese F, Brown T, Davis C, Fais B, et al. (2018). Opening the black box of energy modelling: strategies and lessons learned. Energy Strategy Reviews 19: 63-71. DOI:10.1016/j.esr.2017.12.002.
Huppmann D, Gidden M, Fricko O, Kolp P, Orthofer C, Pimmer M, Vinca A, Mastrucci A, et al. (2018). The MESSAGEix Integrated Assessment Model and the ix modeling platform (ixmp). Environmental Modelling & Software (In Press)
Byers E, Gidden M, & Maussion F (2017). Working with big, multi-dimensional geoscientific datasets in Python: a tutorial introduction to xarray. In: European Geosciences Union (EGU) General Assembly 2017, 23–28 April 2017, Vienna, Austria.
Liu L, Parkinson S, Gidden M, Byers E, Satoh Y, Riahi K, & Forman B (2017). Global surface water reservoir storage under climate change, land use constraints, and population growth. In: European Geosciences Union (EGU) General Assembly 2017, 23–28 April 2017, Vienna, Austria.
Gidden M, Byers E, Greve P, Kahil T, Parkinson S, Raptis C, Rogelj J, Satoh Y, et al. (2017). Hydroclimatic risks and uncertainty in the global power sector. In: European Geosciences Union (EGU) General Assembly 2017, 23–28 April 2017, Vienna, Austria.
Gidden MJ & Wilson PH (2016). A methodology for determining the dynamic exchange of resources in nuclear fuel cycle simulation. Nuclear Engineering and Design 310: 378-394. DOI:10.1016/j.nucengdes.2016.10.029.
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