Researchers from the IIASA Energy, Climate, and Environment Program will organize an interactive online workshop on modeling anthropogenic mercury emissions to be presented as part of the 2022 International Conference for Mercury as a Global Pollutant (ICMGP) on 19 July 2022.
The workshop is aimed at researchers, policymakers, and students wishing to explore different mercury control strategies on a regional or global scale.
In the first part, participants will get an overview of the capabilities and structure of the Greenhouse Gas - Air Pollution Interactions and Synergies (GAINS) model and its applicability to modeling mercury scenarios. The model is used to project emissions until 2050 based on energy and industry statistics as well as emission inventories and data supplied from individual countries.
The second part of the workshop will focus on the structure of the mercury module Hg-GAINS. The model developed by IIASA researchers Flora Brocza and Peter Rafaj with colleagues is one of only a few models currently representing all anthropogenic mercury (Hg) emission sources on a sector-by-sector basis. A recent update, to be presented at the workshop for the first time, now also includes novel Hg-specific control technologies.
The workshop will conclude with a live demonstration of creating mercury control strategies and policy scenarios using the Hg-GAINS online interface.