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Enhancing Robustness and Model Integration for The Assessment of Global Environmental Change

Enhancing Robustness and Model Integration for The Assessment of Global Environmental Change

Objective

The development of interdisciplinary modelling tools and platforms to address the interactions between natural and socio-economic systems is an active research area in Europe. Nevertheless, notable gaps still exist in modelling capabilities, in particular, very little progress has been made to date in the direct coupling of models that resolve the spatial distribution of climate change with sectorally and regionally resolved economic models. Interactive couplings between climate and impact models are relatively underdeveloped. Likewise, the coupling of detailed economic models with impact and adaptation models is still at a relatively early stage. Finally, a coherent assessment of uncertainty is completely lacking in overall integrated assessments. The sustainability of agriculture and land-use policies and practices including water availability and the sustainability of climate policies that rely on high shares of bioenergy are critical applications that demand a spatially resolved representation of global environmental change including feedbacks between natural and socio-economic forces. ERMITAGE proposes to improve and extend existing modular frameworks for the coupling of intermediate complexity models of the natural and socio-economic systems to address the issues cited above. The resulting integrated assessment framework models will be applied to the analysis of post-2012 climate initiatives taking into account uncertainties and regional conflicts of interest in a coordinated way, propagating the analysis of uncertainty from climate simulation through to policy analysis, focusing particularly on the sustainability of agriculture, bioenergy and water resources.

Coordinator

THE OPEN UNIVERSITY

Address

Walton Hall
Mk7 6aa Milton Keynes

United Kingdom

Activity type

Higher or Secondary Education Establishments

EU Contribution

€ 661 572,80

Administrative Contact

Barbara Pizzileo (Dr.)

Participants (7)

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ORDECSYS SARL

Switzerland

EU Contribution

€ 502 999,20

ECOLE POLYTECHNIQUE FEDERALE DE LAUSANNE

Switzerland

EU Contribution

€ 355 174,40

UNIVERSITY OF EAST ANGLIA

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 571 679,80

ENERIS Environment Energy Consultants S.L.

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 374 880

POTSDAM INSTITUT FUER KLIMAFOLGENFORSCHUNG

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 617 275,75

THE UNIVERSITY OF MANCHESTER

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 254 121,18

SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY FACILITIES COUNCIL

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 45 752,42

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 265170

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 December 2010

  • End date

    30 November 2013

Funded under:

FP7-ENVIRONMENT

  • Overall budget:

    € 4 355 313,77

  • EU contribution

    € 3 383 455,55

Coordinated by:

THE OPEN UNIVERSITY

United Kingdom

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