Completed projects

Completed projects/activities of the RISK Program

Adaptation and Decision Support via Risk Management Through Local Burning Embers (ARISE)

Developing a decision support system for climate-sensitive iterative risk management to address adaptation in Austria More

Simulation Games as New Methods for Understanding Stakeholder Interaction and Decision-Making in Complex Systems

A research project which uses social simulation as a new method to examine stakeholder cognition and interaction, and explores how gaming-based empirical observations may be used in quantitative analysis. More

Insurance for Adaptation (InsAdapt)

As losses and damages from natural catastrophes are increasing, the traditional objectives for risk-transfer mechanisms are being reconsidered across the globe. The most important new claim is for insurance systems to further adaptive behavior and risk reduction. More

ENHANCE - Improving the resilience of society to catastrophic natural hazards through new risk-management partnerships

Improving the resilience of society to catastrophic natural hazards through new risk-management partnerships More

Cambodia CATSIM: Understanding disaster risk and resilience in Cambodia

IIASA collaborates with the Asian Disaster Preparedness Center (ADPC) on a project “Strengthening the Disaster Management Systems in Cambodia through Risk Assessment, Early Warning Systems and Developing Building Codes” supported by the World Bank. More

Assessing Fisheries Sustainability in Burkina Faso (SusFish)

The SusFish project is developing a diverse set of methodological and technical resources to assess the integrity and long-term sustainability of water quality and fisheries in the African country of Burkina Faso. More

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

Risk Adaptation in the Financial Arena

This exploratory project brings the anthropological theory of risk to bear on the financial arena and examines how “clumsy” solutions might lead to better responses to an ever-shifting risk environment. More

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

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

Creating Policy Tools for Climate Change Adaptation (MEDIATION)

The MEDIATION project provided European policymakers with scientific information, as well as technical tools, for developing improved climate change adaptation policies More

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

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

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

Policy Instruments for Decarbonizing Energy (Climate Governance)

The Climate Governance project compared the potential of alternative national and regional policy instruments to decarbonize the world's energy supply. More

Development, Climate Change and Clumsiness

Policy disputes over the most effective way to use development aid to cope with climate change are best resolved with solutions that are clumsy, not elegant. More

Re-engineering Cities for Good (CFG)

The project examines how a city’s infrastructure can be re-engineered to restore the natural ecosystem services that existed on the land before the city was built. More

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