Research Overview

IIASA's Air Quality and Greenhouse Gases (AIR) program conducts groundbreaking interdisciplinary research to identify strategies at the local, regional, and global levels that protect the atmosphere while imposing the least burden on economic development.

Together with a network of collaborators, AIR employs its tools for practical policy analyses to inform international negotiations and national planners in different regions of the world. 

Current research activities center around the following themes:

Reframing the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Debate

The current international climate policy discussion about reduction in greenhouse gas emissions does not capture the domestic framing of many countries, which perceive mitigation measures as being in direct conflict with policy objectives like growth and competitiveness. Adaptation is mainly seen as an issue for infrastructure investments. More

Transformation to a Low Carbon Society

Substantial transformational changes are required to achieve two contradictory goals: enabling further development in developtin and industrialized countries and at the same time halving GHG emissions. IIASA research activities focus on developing strategies that will help accomplish the long-term objective of stabilizing global mean temperatures at 2°C above pre-industrial levels while allowing for the increase in economic actvities required for further human development and wellbeing. More

Consumer Choice and Technological Efficiency

While GHG mitigation potentials in production systems have been studied before, the potential for changes in demand through alternative consumer choices and technological efficiency improvements are less well understood. More

Benefits from Reducing Short-lived Climate Forcers

A variety of measures that improve human welfare through better local air quality will also result in near-term climate benefits More

These themes are addressed in a large number of specific research projects, often in collaboration with partners within and outside IIASA. 

The tools developed by by AIR (formerly MAG) are being used as a trusted foundation for short- to long-term policy development by decision makers in the developed and developing worlds.

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Last edited: 07 April 2016


Markus Amann

Program Director

Air Quality and Greenhouse Gases

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