Membership of IIASA began in in 2013 via Australia's Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO). Australian and IIASA researchers collaborated on several internationally significant projects and explored opportunities for new joint projects.
Collaborations on internationally significant projects included the Integrated Assessment Modeling Consortium whose work is supporting the IPCC’s Fifth Assessment Report, global model comparisons in the areas of energy and of sustainable agriculture, the Global Carbon Project, and the World Futures and Solutions initiative. Significant opportunities for future collaboration have been identified in the fields of energy, water, extreme events, risk modeling of invasive species risks, and pollution modeling among others. Capacity building through greater scientific exchange via researching at or visiting IIASA, or taking part in IIASA’s programs for young scientists, will also be a priority for the partnership.
The Ecosystems Services and Management (ESM) Program actively participated in two comparison exercises with the GLOBIOM model, looking at how the model reacts to different scenarios of climate change. more
Ecosystems Services and Management (ESM) researchers collaborated with partners to construct a global dataset describing all livestock production systems in terms of feed requirements, milk and meat productivity, and GHG emissions intensity. more
The Energy (ENE) Program has been at the forefront of several research efforts for the wider science community. These include the Shared Socioeconomic Pathways (SSPs) and two international model inter-comparison projects that were successfully completed in 2013 (EMF27 and AMPERE). more
Risk, Policy and Vulnerability (RPV) researchers presented novel suggestions for regional risk management platforms. Suggestions included risk insurance pools to manage climate loss and damage, which are gaining traction in the Caribbean, Pacific, Africa and recently Europe. more