IIASA Research Projects

More than 200 scientists and other experts at IIASA work in partnerships with research institutions around the globe on scores of research projects, many of which are listed here:

Advanced Model Development and Validation for Improved Analysis of Costs and Impacts of Mitigation Policies (ADVANCE)

ADVANCE aims at evaluating and improving integrated assessment models that are used for developing strategies to deal with climate change mitigation and other global challenges. The improved models will be applied to an assessment of long-term EU climate policy in a global context, and the newly developed methods and datasets will be disseminated as open access resources. More

Age and Cohort Change

The central research theme of the Age and Cohort Change (ACC) project is the projection of social and economic change (skills, productivity, attitudes and beliefs) in Europe over the coming decades.  More

Livestock Production Scenarios (AnimalChange)

AnimalChange creates scenarios that project 20 and 40 years into the future to allow policymakers to see what impact climate change is likely to have on livestock production in Europe, Northern and sub-Saharan Africa, and Latin America. More

Austrian Panel on Climate Change (APCC)

An in-depth assessment has been completed of the effects of climate change on Austria.  Its results will support future mitigation and adaptation strategies.   More

Achieving Low Carbon Economies (Attainability)

By identifying which barriers to achieving deep reductions in greenhouse gas emissions can be removed by changing policies and economic incentives, the Attainability Project is pinpointing the best short- and long-term responses available to policymakers. More


The EU-funded BESTGRID project works towards modernizing and expanding the current European electricity grid for the integration of a growing share of electricity from renewable sources. More

Carbo Extreme: Extreme Weather Impacts on Carbon Sinks

European ecosystems help stabilize the atmosphere by soaking up significant amounts of the carbon in fossil fuel emissions, but researchers are concerned that the effectiveness of those carbon sinks might be diminished by expected increases in extreme weather. 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

Climate Change and Natural Disasters (CHANGES)

Global warming is expected to alter natural disaster patterns in Europe, and CHANGES researchers are modeling those anticipated changes to assist emergency preparedness officials and to train young scientists in the risk management skills needed to respond to future disasters. 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

Knowledge Based Climate Mitigation Systems for a Low Carbon Economy (COMPLEX)

The transition to a low carbon economy by 2050 will involve irreversible step-changes in the cultural, economic and natural domains. COMPLEX develops new modelling tools and decision-support systems to support communities across Europe working to make the transition to a low-carbon economy. More


IIASA is contributing modeling expertise and support for the CONSENSUS project, which aims to deliver tools to provide decision makers with optimal choices in two important EU policy areas: biofuels and climate change (EU Renewable Energy Directive) and Trans-European Transport Networks (TEN-T). More

Artificial World for Forecasting (Dream Valley)

The Project develops a cross-disciplinary modeling and assessment framework. It consists of two parts: Dream Valley simulator and A3 framework. The Dream Valley simulator simulates complex dynamical systems, while the A3 framework implements and tests methods for forecasting their future behaviors.  More

Effects of Climate Change on Air Pollution and Response Strategies for European Ecosystems (ECLAIRE)

39 research partner institutions study the effects of climate change on ecosystems impacts in Europe and develop next generation European air pollution mitigation and adaptation strategies under climate change. More

Impacts of Short-Lived Air Pollutants (ECLIPSE)

ECLIPSE is conducting research to increase knowledge about emissions of ozone and aerosols, which act as short-lived climate forcers, and identify concrete, cost-effective abatement measures. More

Eco-evolutionary Dynamics of Living Systems

This project will improve models for assessing the ecological and evolutionary dynamics of living systems to allow a better understanding of human-induced impacts on the biosphere   More

Eco-evolutionary Vegetation Modeling and Management

The development of eco-evolutionary models will allow scientists to better understand how plants around the world respond to climate change and disturbances such as fires and grazing. More

Economics of Climate Change Adaptation in Europe (ECONADAPT)

The ECONADAPT project provides user-orientated methodologies and evidence relating to economic appraisal criteria to inform the choice of adaptation actions using analysis that incorporates cross-scale governance under conditions of uncertainty. More

Energy and Economic Development

Access to energy and electricity are fundamental to meeting basic human needs, and they also spur growth in income and improvements in wellbeing. IIASA researchers are studying how access to energy supply affects people’s lives and livelihoods, and how to provide energy services equitably. More

Energy and Infrastructure

Developing countries’ demand for infrastructure, including roads, electrical grids, and public water systems, is growing rapidly. Building and maintaining that infrastructure requires energy, but how much?  More

Operating Energy Efficient Buildings (EnRiMa)

The project consortium is developing a Decision Support System to assist operators of complex buildings manage energy needs in a more efficient, less costly, and less CO2-intensive manner. More

Equitable Governance of Common Goods

A project to improve the regulation of open resources by translating successful small-scale, bottom-up regulations to large-scale, top-down regulations More


EUCLIMIT performs model-based scenario quantification which supports the European Commission in undertaking impact assessments and analysing policy options for implementing and further developing the Climate and Energy package and other climate-relevant policies in the EU. More

Evolutionarily Sustainable Consumption

The evolutionary consequences of fishing affect a host of heritable traits in fish populations, and IIASA researchers are developing a toolkit to allow scientists to assess these impacts. More

Economic, Social and Political Conditions for Satisfying the World Food Needs (FoodSecure)

The FoodSecure project responds to the challenge of food shortages and volatility by enabling stakeholders to design sustainable strategies to assess and address the short- and long-term challenges of food security. More

Modeling the Structure of Forests

The Forest Structure project is creating a model that, by encompassing a broad scale that runs from individual trees up to entire forests, will allow researchers to better understand the impact of climate change, major disturbances, and succession on forests. More

Future Forests

The Future Forests project, a collaboration between the Future Forests Program and IIASA, will provide insights into the impact of the Swedish forest sector on global land use by quantifying the area covered by managed forest and by assessing how the development of short-rotation plantations will affect carbon mitigation. More

Interactions in Economic Sectors (Game Dynamics)

The goal of the Game Dynamics Project is to better understand the highly complex dynamics of interactions between players acting in different sectors with no set behavior patterns. More

Global Energy Assessment

The Global Energy Assessment (GEA), launched in 2012, defines a new global energy policy agenda –  one that transforms the way society thinks about, uses, and delivers energy.  Involving specialists from a range of disciplines, industry groups, and policy areas, GEA research aims to facilitate equitable and sustainable energy services for all, in particular the two billion people who currently lack access to clean, modern energy. More

Operational Global Carbon Observing System (GEOCarbon)

The GEOCarbon Project will coordinate the contribution of European and international research institutes to the development of an Operational Global Integrated Carbon Observation and Analysis System. More

Reducing GHG Emissions Uncertainties (GESAPU)

Research in the more than ten years since the Kyoto Protocol has shown that the methods used to measure and inventory greenhouse gas emissions have significant uncertainties and gaps. GESAPU is intended to reduce the uncertainties of GHG emissions in Poland and Ukraine. More

Impact Quantification of Global Changes (Global IQ)

A primary objective of the project is to estimate socio-economic impacts arising from global changes by using economic models. More

Global Economic Growth and Optimization

Using systems analysis tools to examine the drivers of economic growth, this project is developing economic scenarios to determine how best to achieve sustainable development. More

Management of Heterogeneous Dynamical Systems

The project’s goal is to understand the heterogeneous interactions of the parts of large socioeconomic systems that function across many sectors and are driven by multiple agents. More

Household Energy Transitions

Many people rely on traditional and polluting forms of fuel like wood and coal that contribute to health problems and air pollution. How do people make choices about fuel and appliances, and how can policies encourage people to switch to cleaner fuels? More

Integrated Analysis and Modeling of Land Use Efficiency and Security under Rapid Agricultural Transformation due to Urban-Rural Dynamics in China

This joint project of the National Science Foundation of China (NSFC) and the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) develops an integrated methodology for investigating the interplay between urban development and ecological stress in rural mountain areas in China. More

Integrated Modeling of Management Solutions for Robust Food, Energy, and Water Security

The project, which provides policy advice to Ukraine, investigates how the complex linkages and differences between agriculture, energy, and water security can be sustainably developed and coordinated at both the spatial and temporal scales, given the potential systemic risks involved. More

Quantifying Projected Impacts Under 2°C Warming (IMPACT2C)

IMPACT2C enhances knowledge, quantifies climate change impacts, and adopts an analytical structure that includes climate and impacts modelling, vulnerabilities, risks and economic costs, as well as potential responses, for Europe. More

Integrated Assessment of Fisheries

This project is developing tools that integrate the biological, social, and economic aspects of fishery systems to help create management systems that promote sustainable fisheries More

Integrated modeling of food, water, and energy

This project develops new and advanced models, methods and tools for  supporting robust decision-making for complex problems under deep uncertainties, an interlinked spatio-temporal, multi-agent decision environment, and systemic risks.  More

KIRAS Project: Resilience, Social Networks, and Austrian Security

Monitoring resilience – Development of a software-supported method for the network-based analysis and measurement of social cohesion and resilience of critical systems using Austria as an example The inevitability of surprises is a key feature in systems thinking, and the ability to persist through disturbances is a function of resilience. This project links resilience concepts from diverse scientific disciplines to develop a measure of resilience for Austria’s critical systems. More


The LEDPathways aims to identify low emission agricultural pathways and priorities for mitigation in agricultural landscapes using integrated assessment modelling and scenarios. More

Restructuring Systems to Limit Climate Change (LIMITS)

LIMITS is examining how to fundamentally restructure energy systems and land-use management practices on a global scale in order to limit warming from climate change to two degrees Celsius. More

Cutting Greenhouse Gases in Europe

IIASA researchers are using the GAINS climate model to support the European Commission’s effort to reduce greenhouse gases by 20 percent and significantly increase renewable energy use in Europe by 2020. More

Clean Air Strategies for Europe

IIASA’s Mitigation of Air Pollution & Greenhouse Gases Program (MAG) is using its modeling tools to identify strategies to assist in meeting European Union’s clean air goals. More

Integrated Assessment Modelling for negotiations under the Convention on Long-range Transboundary Air Pollution (LRTAP)

IIASA's Mitigation of Air Pollution & Greenhouse Gases Program develops modeling tools that identify strategies for European efforts to control air pollution in a cost-effective way. More

Creating Synthetic Knowledge for Complex Systems (Model Integration)

The Model Integration Project will overcome the limitations of current integrated models in studying complex systems and develop simpler models that can create synthetic knowledge and describe complex systems from different perspectives. More

Options Market and Risk-Reduction Tools for REDD+ (NORAD OMRRT REDD+)

The NORAD OMRRT REDD+ project contributes to rapidly scaling up demand and supply for REDD+ credits and builds momentum and opportunity for the creation of positive incentives for global forest protection in future carbon markets and other climate policies. More

Public Adaptation Costs: Investigating the National Adaptation Strategy in Austria (PACINAS)

The PACINAS project deals with potential (planned) public adaptation and associated costs, benefits, and challenges with respect to implementing the National Adaptation Strategy (NAS) in Austria More

Development and application of global economy-wide climate change modelling capacity to support EU policy preparation

In this project, analytical tools are used to analyse policy-relevant questions from the European Commission to inform them of developments in the field of energy policies and climate policies on a global scale. More

Atmospheric Aerosol Chemistry and Climate Change (PEGASOS)

The goal of PEGASOS is to enhance our understanding of the interactions of climate and atmospheric chemistry in the past, present and future. More

Poverty Traps

To escape from poverty traps that are caused by natural disasters, low-income households need assistance from public and private partnerships that are informed by risk analysis and based on local needs.  More

Quantifying the indirect land use change impact of biofuels consumed in the EU (ILUC)

In an assignment for the European Commission, a consortium of Ecofys, IIASA and E4tech will use the GLOBIOM model to assess indirect land use change impacts of conventional and advanced biofuels consumed in the EU. More

Reassessing Aging from a Population Perspective

The Reassessing Aging from a Population Perspective (Re-Aging) project will develop new approaches to the study of age and aging that are appropriate for 21st century conditions. More

recharge.green – balancing Alpine energy and nature

The recharge.green project helps to consider whether the production of renewable energy at a particular location in the Alps is worth it from the conservation point of view. More

Study on Impacts on Resource Efficiency of Future EU Demand for Bioenergy

A study on resource efficiency impacts aims to enhance understanding of how improved resource efficiency could reduce the negative impact of the EU’s increasing use of bioenergy. 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

Systemic Risk and Network Dynamics

This project will deepen the understanding of cascading failure in networks and develop ways to lessen the risks of collapse and improve recovery. More

Systemic Risks, Security, and Robust Solutions 

The project develops new and advanced models, methods, and tools for supporting robust decision-making for complex problems under deep uncertainties, interlinked spatio-temporal multi-agent decision environment, and systemic risks. More

Vision and Transition Pathways towards a Low Carbon Green Korea

How can countries transition to sustainable economy? What would it look like? What changes are needed? And how could those changes be implemented?  South Korean and IIASA researchers are collaborating on a new project to find the answers that policymakers need.  More

Water Futures and Solutions

The Water Futures and Solutions Initiative is a ground-breaking study into sustainable solutions to meet local, national, and global water challenges. It is looking for additional partners from the development, business, and scientific community. More

Drivers of Extreme Events

The goal of this project is to understand mechanisms leading to extreme events in complex dynamic, with special attention paid to the risk of cascading failure in networks. More

Assessment of Northern Eurasian Forests (ZAPAS)

The ZAPÁS project is intended to make space-based biomass inventory assessments more reliable for boreal forests of Northern Eurasia. More

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