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Oliver Fricko

Research Scholar

Sustainable Service Systems Research Group

Energy, Climate, and Environment

Research Scholar

Integrated Assessment and Climate Change Research Group

Energy, Climate, and Environment


Oliver Fricko joined IIASA in 2012 and currently works as a research scholar in the Integrated Assessment and Climate Change Research Group (IACC) of the Energy, Climate, and Environment (ECE) Program.

He is one of the core developers of the Model for Energy Supply Strategy Alternatives and their General Environmental Impact (MESSAGEix) framework and a central modeler of IACC. He is involved in numerous multi-model inter-comparison studies, including the Shared Socioeconomic Pathways (SSPs), the Energy Modeling Forum (EMF-30 and EMF-33), as well as projects funded by the European Commission (ADVANCE, CD-Links, and ENGAGE). He also acts as a technical advisor to numerous other projects.

In addition to his work on calibrating the IACC global energy model (MESSAGEix-GLOBIOM) to the most recent statistics and trends, Fricko developed and maintains the soft-linkage between MESSAGEix and the IIASA Global Biosphere Management Model (GLOBIOM). He has also contributed towards updating the linkage to the IIASA Greenhouse Gas and Air Pollution Interactions and Synergies (GAINS) model to improve the representation of air-pollution in the global energy model, and has enhanced the energy model to account for related water requirements. He is responsible for maintaining the framework, which he also developed, permitting the incorporation of near-term national policies in the global energy model, for example, Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs).

Fricko has collaborated with various institutions to develop and train national capacities. This includes several institutions from India such as the National Institution for Transforming India (NITI-Aayog) and TERI-University. Recently, he coordinated and partly implemented IIASA related work within the Strategic Partnerships for the Implementation of the Paris Agreement (SPIPA)-India project, which aims to support EU-India collaboration on the development of modeling capacities to improve the quality of modeling tools and integrated modeling analysis frameworks developed by modeling teams in India.

Last update: 31 JAN 2023


Dekker, M.M., Daioglou, V., Pietzcker, R., Rodrigues, R., de Boer, H.-S., Dalla Longa, F., Drouet, L., Emmerling, J., Fattahi, A., Fotiou, T., Fragkos, P., Fricko, O. , Gusheva, E., Harmsen, M., Huppmann, D. , Kannavou, M., Krey, V. , Lombardi, F., Luderer, G., Pfenninger, S., Tsiropoulos, I., Zakeri, B. , van der Zwaan, B., Usher, W., & van Vuuren, D. (2023). Identifying energy model fingerprints in mitigation scenarios. Nature Energy 10.1038/s41560-023-01399-1.

Woo, J.-H., Kim, Y. , Fricko, O. , Min, J. , Klimont, Z. , Krey, V. , Yoo, S.J., Hong, J.H., Oh, H., Kim, B., Kim, J., Yang, H., Hu, H., & Lee, A. (2023). Development of a global integrated assessment model for climate-air quality management focused on Northeast Asia (GUIDE-Global): A Framework Design. In: 16th IAMC Annual Meeting, November 14-16, 2023, Venice, Italy.

Schmidt Tagomori, I., Dafnomilis, I., Fricko, O. , Richters, O., Bertram, C., Drouet, L., Aleluia, L., Fosse, F., Vrontisi, Z., & Fragkiadakis, D. (2023). ENGAGE post-Glasgow long-term strategies. 10.5281/zenodo.10009462.