IAMC wiki

From IAMC-Documentation
(Redirected from Main Page)
Jump to navigation Jump to search

The common Integrated Assessment Model (IAM) documentation

Integrated assessment modeling

Integrated assessment models (IAM) aim to provide policy-relevant insights into global environmental change and sustainable development issues by providing a quantitative description of key processes in the human and earth systems and their interactions. The modelling is integrated, i.e. it uses information from many scientific disciplines and describes both the human and earth system. The term assessment refers to focus on generating useful information for decision-making, even in case of large uncertainties. IAMs, for instance, have been successfully applied in support of climate policy (insights in future greenhouse gas emissions and options for mitigation), in several environmental assessments (e.g. the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment), but IAMs have also published a large amount of scientific papers.

For a nice visualization of how IAMs are used, see these (IAM infographics) as developed in the (SENSES project).

IAM Consortium (IAMC)

The IAMC wiki derives its name from and closely collaborates with the Integrated Assessment Modelling Consortium (IAMC, https://www.iamconsortium.org/). This is an organization of scientific research institutions that are involved in integrated assessment modeling and analysis. The IAMC has members from all over the world, who manage most of the IAM models that currently being used. The IAMC wiki provides a platform for these models' documentation.


For the purpose of IAMs, a transparent model documentation is essential. IAM teams have documented their models individually, often using web-supported tools. As IAMs, however, are often used together it is also important to have information on the similarities and differences across IAM models. This database provides an overview of the IAM models using a transparent wiki-based approach that has been used consistently across a range of models. This allows for direct comparison of these models. In addition to the harmonized model documentation, also Model comparison allow for direct comparisons.

Participating models

The extent of documentation of the participating models may vary. The model documentation consists of:

  • a set of documentation pages ordered in a hierarchical tree and a reference card which summarizes the main features (participation mode = full)
  • a reference card only (participation mode = reference card only)

The table below shows all models that are currently "fully published" on the wiki (i.e. with complete and reviewed documentation). Models that are currently "in preparation" or "under review" are not yet shown. Note that the reference card menu in the left sidebar includes more models than in the table below. Although the reference cards are published, models do not always appear in the table, when the model documentation pages are not yet published.

ModelInstitutionParticipation mode
AIM-Hub Kyoto-University (Kyoto-University), Japan, https://www.kyoto-u.ac.jp/en., National Institute for Environmental Studies (NIES), Japan, https://www.nies.go.jp/index-e.html. full
BLUES COPPE/UFRJ (Cenergia), Brazil, http://www.cenergialab.coppe.ufrj.br/. full
C3IAM Center for Energy and Environmental Policy Research, Beijing Institute of Technology (CEEP-BIT), China, http://ceep.bit.edu.cn/english/. full
COFFEE-TEA COPPE/UFRJ (Cenergia), Brazil, http://www.cenergialab.coppe.ufrj.br/. full
DNE21+ Research Institute of Innovative Technology for the Earth (RITE), Japan, http://www.rite.or.jp/en/. full
GCAM Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Joint Global Change Research Institute (PNNL, JGCRI), USA, https://www.pnnl.gov/projects/jgcri. full
GEM-E3 Institute of Communication And Computer Systems (ICCS), Greece, https://www.iccs.gr/en/. full
GRACE Center for International Climate Research (CICERO), Norway, https://cicero.oslo.no/en. full
IFs Frederick S. Pardee Center for International Futures, University of Denver (Pardee Center), Colorado, USA, https://pardee.du.edu/. full
IMACLIM Centre international de recherche sur l'environnement et le développement (CIRED), France, http://www.centre-cired.fr., Societe de Mathematiques Appliquees et de Sciences Humaines (SMASH), France, http://www.smash.fr. full
IMAGE PBL Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency (PBL), Netherlands, https://www.pbl.nl/en. full
MESSAGE-GLOBIOM International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA), Austria, http://data.ene.iiasa.ac.at. full
POLES JRC - Joint Research Centre - European Commission (EC-JRC), Belgium, http://ec.europa.eu/jrc/en/. full
PROMETHEUS E3Modelling (E3M), Greece, https://e3modelling.com/modelling-tools. full
REMIND-MAgPIE Potsdam Institut für Klimafolgenforschung (PIK), Germany, https://www.pik-potsdam.de. full
TIAM-UCL University College London (UCL), UK, https://www.ucl.ac.uk. full
WITCH European Institute on Economics and the Environment (RFF-CMCC EIEE), Italy, http://www.eiee.org. full
AIM-Enduse Japan Kyoto University (KU), Japan, https://www.kyoto-u.ac.jp/en/., National Institute for Environmental Studies (NIES), Japan, . reference card only
AIM-Hub Thailand Sirindhorn International Institute of Technology, Thammasat University (SIIT-TU), Thailand, https://www.siit.tu.ac.th/. reference card only
AIM-Hub Viet Nam Vietnam National University Ho Chi Minh City (HCMIU), Viet Nam, https://ev.hcmiu.edu.vn/en/home/. reference card only
BET Central Research Institute of Electric Power Industry (CRIEPI), Japan, https://criepi.denken.or.jp/en/. reference card only
China TIMES Tsinghua University (Tsinghua University), China, https://www.tsinghua.edu.cn/en/. reference card only
DART Kiel Institute for the World Economy (IfW), Germany, https://www.ifw-kiel.de/. reference card only
Euro-Calliope TU Delft (TU Delft), The Netherlands, https://www.tudelft.nl/. reference card only
GCAM-KSA King Abdullah Petroleum Studies and Research Center (KAPSARC), Saudi Arabia, https://www.kapsarc.org/. reference card only
GENeSYS-MOD Deutsches Institut für Wirtschaftsforschung (DIW Berlin), Germany, https://www.diw.de/., Europa-Universität Flensburg (EUF), Germany, https://www.uni-flensburg.de/eum., Technische Universität Berlin (TU Berlin), Germany, https://wip.tu-berlin.de/. reference card only
IMACLIM-NLU Centre international de recherche sur l'environnement et le développement (CIRED), France, http://www.centre-cired.fr., Societe de Mathematiques Appliquees et de Sciences Humaines (SMASH), France, http://www.smash.fr. reference card only
IPETS National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR), USA, https://ncar.ucar.edu/. reference card only
MESSAGE Korea Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST), South-Korea, https://www.kaist.ac.kr/en/. reference card only
MIGRATION Center for the Environment and Kennedy School, Harvard University (Harvard), USA, https://environment.harvard.edu. reference card only
REMod Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE (Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE), Germany, https://www.ise.fraunhofer.de/en.html. reference card only
SNOW GL HH Statistics Norway (SSB), Norway, https://www.ssb.no/en. reference card only
TIMES-France Centre for Applied Mathematics (CMA), France, https://www.cma.mines-paristech.fr/en. reference card only
VESPA Wise-Europa (Wise-Europa), Poland, https://wise-europa.eu/en/. reference card only
WEGDYN Wegener Center for Climate and Global Change, University of Graz, Austria (Uni-Graz), Austria, https://wegcenter.uni-graz.at/en/. reference card only

Other forms of common model evaluation

IAM models also collaborate in other ways in order to enhance the transparency of IAM model output. First of all, various databases, such as the RCP, SSP and IPCC Report databases, host the output of several IAMs in a common format (RCP Database, SSP database, IPCC AR6 database). These databases also include key input variables to the models (please find links to key input variables on the AR6 database under 'model inputs' in the left sidebar). Second, IAM models have also produced common evaluation metrics, distilled from common simple model experiments (Kriegler2015Harmsen2021).


The first version of the wiki benefited from the work of an earlier version developed at University College London. Major developments of this wiki-based multi-model documentation received input from the FP7 ADVANCE project (grant agreement No. 308329). Maintenance of the wiki has also been partially funded through the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreements No. 821471 (ENGAGE) and No. 821124 (NAVIGATE) and is being further updated and developed in the H2020 projects ELEVATE and PRISMA. The wiki has also been improved based on comments and suggestions of other modelling teams part of the IAMC. Integrated Assessment Model teams interested in joining this common documentation platform should send a mail to IAMCwiki@iamconsortium.org.

{{#scite: |bibtex= @article{Kriegler2015, title = "Diagnostic indicators for integrated assessment models of climate policy ", journal = "Technological Forecasting and Social Change ", volume = "90, Part A", number = "", pages = "45 - 61", year = "2015", note = "", issn = "0040-1625", doi = "10.1016/j.techfore.2013.09.020", url = "http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0040162513002576", author = "Elmar Kriegler and Nils Petermann and Volker Krey and Valeria Jana Schwanitz and Gunnar Luderer and Shuichi Ashina and Valentina Bosetti and Jiyong Eom and Alban Kitous and Aurélie Méjean and Leonidas Paroussos and Fuminori Sano and Hal Turton and Charlie Wilson and Detlef P. Van Vuuren", keywords = "Climate policy", keywords = "Integrated assessment models", keywords = "Energy system models", keywords = "Model diagnostics", keywords = "Climate change economics " } }} {{#scite: |bibtex= @article{Harmsen2021, title = "Integrated assessment model diagnostics: key indicators and model evolution", journal = "Environmental Research Letters", volume = "", number = "", pages = "", year = "2021", note = "", issn = "", doi = "10.1088/1748-9326/abf964", url = "http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0040162513002576", author = "Mathijs Harmsen and Elmar Kriegler and Detlef P. van Vuuren and Kaj-Ivar van der Wijst and Gunnar Luderer and Ryna Cui and Olivier Dessens and Laurent Drouet and Johannes Emmerling and Jennifer Morris and Florian Fosse and Dimitris Fragkiadakis and Kostas Fragkiadakis and Panagiotis Fragkos and Oliver Fricko and Shinichiro Fujimori and David E.H.J. Gernaat and Celine Guivarch and Gokul C Iyer and Panagiotis Karkatsoulis and Ilkka Keppo and Kimon Keramidas and Alexandre Köberle and Peter Kolp and Volker Krey and Christoph Krüger and Florian Leblanc and Shivika Mittal and Sergey V Paltsev and Pedro Rochedo and Bas van Ruijven and Ronald D Sands and Fuminori Sano and Jessica Strefler and Eveline Vasquez Arroyo and Kenichi Wada and Behnam Zakeri", keywords = "Model diagnostics", keywords = "Climate policy", keywords = "Integrated assessment models", keywords = "Energy system models", keywords = "IPCC 6th Assessment Report" } }}