The RAINS-Asia model has been developed as an analytical tool to help decision-makers analyse future trends in emissions, estimate regional impacts of resulting acid deposition levels, and to evaluate costs and effectiveness of alternative mitigation options.
For the first time a model has been specifically developed and applied for integrated assessment of future SO2 emissions in Asia. The RAINS-Asia model offers the opportunity to assess sulfur deposition and ecosystems protection levels resulting from different energy pathways and different emission control strategies. The costs of various control options are also provided.
RAINS-Asia is implemented as a user-friendly, interactive software package operational on standard IBM-compatible computers. Although running also under the MS-DOS operating system, it features the standard user-interface of Windows software.
The development of the RAINS-Asia model was made possible by funding provided by the governments of the Netherlands, Norway and Sweden through the World Bank and by the Asian Development Bank, and as a result of collaboration between a number of scientific institutions in Asia and in the West.
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