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Oliver Fricko

Research Scholar

Integrated Assessment and Climate Change Research Group

Energy, Climate, and Environment

Research Scholar

Sustainable Service Systems Research Group

Energy, Climate, and Environment


Oliver Fricko joined IIASA in 2012, and is currently working as a research scholar in the Integrated Assessment and Climate Change research group (IACC) as part of the Energy, Climate, and Environment (ECE) program.

He is one of the core developers of the MESSAGEix framework and a central modeler of IACC, 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, ENGAGE).

Mr. Fricko established a soft-link between the IACC global energy model (MESSAGE) and the IIASA land-use model GLOBIOM. He has further contributed towards updating the existing linkage to the IIASA GAINS model to improve the representation of air-pollution. He has also enhanced the energy model to account for energy related water use and to incorporate short-term national policies, such as the Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs), based on the Paris Agreement, in MESSAGE to better understand their implications on long-term climate mitigation scenarios.

Mr. Fricko has collaborated with Indian institutions such as NITI-Aayog (the National Institution for Transforming India) and with TERI-University, in both cases to develop national energy models for India based on the MESSAGEix framework. Currently he assists with the coordination and implementation of IIASA related work with India in the SPIPA project, which aims to support EU-India collaboration on the development of modelling capacities to improve the quality of modeling tools, and integrated modeling analysis frameworks developed by modeling teams in India.

Last update: 24 FEB 2021