A selection of ongoing projects of the Advancing Systems Analysis Program.

Flood Resilience

IIASA is a core member of the Flood Resilience Alliance, an innovative partnership between research, development and humanitarian NGOs and the private sector that works together for making at step change with regard to policy, finance and practice of managing floods and other climate-related hazards towards increased community resilience. More

Loss and Damage

The Systemic Risk and Resilience (SYRR) Group and the Equity and Justice (EQU) Group contribute to resolving the debate on how to formulate and shape the Loss and Damage Mechanism, which was agreed at the Warsaw Climate Change Conference in 2013. More

Platform Value Now

The Platform Value Now project funded by Finland’s Strategic Research Council focuses on understanding the fast emerging platform economic ecosystems, their value creation dynamics and requirements of the supportive institutional environment. It analyzes economic ecosystems with systems tools and develop new methods for platform-centric economic ecosystems management. More

Systemic Risk and Network Dynamics

The Systemic Risk and Network Dynamics project will examine how different types of systems, ranging from financial to ecological and beyond, are at risk of cascades of failures. As well as assessing this risk, this cross-cutting project will develop tools to help prevent such events. More

LandSense: A Citizen Observatory and Innovation Marketplace for Land Use and Land Cover Monitoring

How can citizen-powered science coupled with mobile technology improve our understanding and governance of land use and land cover changes? More

RESTORE+: Addressing Landscape Restoration on Degraded Land in Indonesia and Brazil

RESTORE+ aims to explore restoration and utilization options of tropical degraded and/or marginal land in order to ease pressure on deforestation as well as mitigating climate change. The project aspires to generate innovative methodology that combines multi-objective modelling (utilizing more than five in-house and newly developed models) with advanced big data and crowd-empowered remote sensing analyses. More


The main goal of Nunataryuk is to determine the impacts of thawing land, coast and subsea permafrost on the global climate and on humans in the Arctic and to develop targeted and co-designed adaptation and mitigation strategies. More

CO-designing the Assessment of Climate CHange Costs (COACCH)

COACCH (CO-designing the Assessment of Climate CHange costs) is a Horizon 2020 project that aims to advance knowledge regarding climate change impacts and policy that can be used directly by stakeholder communities. More


The Sentinel satellites are the space-observing part of the Copernicus system. Data coming from the Sentinels is used to deliver Copernicus Services as well as being used by companies to deliver products and services. In this project, we are concerned with products and services which use some data coming from Sentinel satellites and analyze their impact and value to society and the citizen. More


EconTrans takes an innovative integrated approach to address challenges that are deeply interlinked: reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and coping with fundamental transformations triggered by disruptive technologies. The spatial focus of EconTrans is on Austria, while its emissions perspective and policy embedding is globally consistent. More


Co-Inform project deals with the phenomena of misinformation and its impact on decision-making processes. Misinformation is a common problem for all media but it is especially exacerbated in the digital social media due to the speed and ease with which it can spread. More

Nature Map Earth

Nature Map Earth is developing an integrated global map of biodiversity, carbon storage, and other dimensions of nature by consolidating and crowd-sourcing data from many sources. More

EuroGEOSS Showcases: Applications Powered by Europe (e-shape)

The Horizon 2020-funded EuroGEOSS Showcases: Applications Powered by Europe (e-shape) project is an unprecedented initiative that brings together decades of public investment in earth observation and in cloud capabilities into services to the citizens, the industry, the decision-makers and the researchers. More


Towards sustainable food and land-use systems: The Food, Agriculture, Biodiversity, Land, and Energy (FABLE) Consortium. More


Austria has committed to achieving carbon neutrality by 2050 with a view on meeting the 1.5°C and 2°C target set out in the Paris Agreement of 2015. This however requires a significant transformation of societies at all levels and in all sectors.  More

REmote Climate Effects and their Impact on European sustainability, Policy and Trade (RECEIPT)

In an interconnected world, Europe’s economy and society will be increasingly affected by climate change impacts that occur beyond its borders. This Horizon 2020 project explores how this will affect Europe’s economy, finance and policy. More

NDI Think Tank Action

The goal of the NDI Think Tank Action is to enhance regional cooperation in the Northern Dimension area through science diplomacy, capacity building and people-to-people contacts. This Action supports EU’s Northern Dimension framework that aims at promoting dialogue and cooperation between the EU, Russia, Norway and Iceland and supporting the EU Arctic policy. More

Climate resilient policy-led bioeconomy pathways (BIOCLIMAPATHS)

The EU is in the process of developing and implementing bioeconomy strategies to foster the transition from a fossil fuel-based to a renewable, biobased economy. Filling in a major knowledge gap, BIOCLIMAPATHS project develops the first interdisciplinary methodological framework that contains the whole logic flow of the knowledge development process.  More

Agent-based models to inform economic policies on migration (ABM2Policy)

Unanticipated migration inflows can have positive and negative economic and social consequences depending on policies implemented by the recipient country to cope with the manifold challenges. Model-based scientific assessments of in-migration on a country's national economy are hence needed, as is meaningful stakeholder deliberation of alternative policies to support the integration of refugees in ways that contribute to resilient and sustainable societies. More

An empirical analysis of environmental inequality in the EU (EnvIneqEU)

For over thirty years, environmental justice has been a thriving research field in the United States.  However, until recently, similar research has neither been conducted  for most European countries nor  for the European Union as a whole. More

Simulating the environmental and socio-economic effects of shared autonomous electric vehicles: the case of Vienna (SIMSAEV)

The transport sector has accounted for 28% of the CO2 emissions in Austria in 2015, more than half of which are due to passenger cars. Unlike most other sectors, emissions from the transport sector are still increasing. In order to fulfil the ambitious goals set by the Paris Agreement and to act in line with the sustainable development goals (SDGs), these emissions will have to be reduced substantially. More

Scaling-up green finance to achieve the climate and energy targets (GreenFin)

The Austrian government  launched its climate and energy strategy in 2018 aimed at decarbonizing  production and consumption and  creating opportunities for green growth. Recent research shows that Austria is facing the challenge of aligning its greenhouse gases (GHG) emissions to the EU2030 targets and a green investment gap has to be filled. There is an urgent need to understand the conditions for an effective scaling-up of green finance in the Austrian economy and financial market, while avoiding trade-offs for economic competitiveness and financial stability. More

Resource nexus for transformation to circular, resilient, and liveable cities in the context of climate change (RECREATE)

Urban metabolism is a model to study the flow of energy and resources as they enter cities, how they are used and consumed, and how they exist cities as wastes. By studying urban metabolism, we can get a better understanding of how resources are used and ways to reduce negative environmental impact. As the fraction of people living in cities continue to expand around the world, urban metabolism analysis can help decision makers develop cities to become resource efficient, climate friendly, resilient and equitable. More


Macromode addresses the recent shift in disaster risk management perspectives and how indirect losses due to natural hazard risks can be decreased within highly interlinked and complex systems such as the economy of a country. More


European countries and regions have invested substantial amounts of resources into biodiversity conservation and knowledge. However, there continues to be limited availability at the EU-scale of harmonized, long-term, spatially explicit and regularly updated biodiversity data. This limits the uptake by policies and sectors that have an impact on biodiversity or that can mitigate biodiversity loss. How will EuropaBON address this challenge? More

Global LandScapes: RFS-IIASA Rapid Spatial Analysis

The Global LandScapes project is funded by The Nature Conservancy (TNC) in the US and has the overall objective of developing a joint methodology and database to compute a map of global foodscapes and their development potential in view of planning for large-scale deployment of Nature based solutions (NBS). More


CONSTRAIN is developing a better understanding of how both natural and human factors will affect the climate in coming decades, and using this knowledge to improve climate projections for the next 20-50 years. More


The EU-funded Plant-FATE project intends to determine the plant traits that confer drought-resistance. The aim is to accurately predict and identify species and geographical areas vulnerable to climate change. More

ERM: Medium Complexity Earth System Risk Management

The ambition of ERM is to push stylized Integrated Assessment Models (IAMs) to a higher level of applicability so as to inform the real-world policy process related to climate change. More

PETRA: The Role of Persistence in Tackling Austria’s Climate Target – Policies for The Transport Sector

The Austrian transport sector is crucially governed by “systemic delays”, caused by long-lasting infrastructure and vehicle stocks in operation for multiple years. In PETRA, these characteristics are linked with policies that had a succinct impact on the transport sector in the past to improve evaluating the delay and effectiveness of future policies. More


The CAMALIOT project involves the application of machine learning technology to raw data from the Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) to improve the prediction of extreme weather events in the atmosphere (troposphere) and in space (ionosphere) More


FRAMEwork enables research and empowerment initiatives for farmers and local communities to tackle biodiversity loss. More

Picture Pile Platform

The ERC PoC project Picture Pile Platform is an innovative, commercially self-sustaining platform that uses the crowdsourcing game Picture Pile for efficiently and intuitively classifying images for machine learning. It will offer a standardized, easy-to-use way for everyone to freely and quickly set-up their own picture pile campaigns for collecting image classifications by the crowd in a gamified environment, where participation is incentivized through extrinsic and intrinsic motivations. More

Digital platforms, fair competition and sustainability transformations: Plausible futures (DigFaSt)

Digital platforms have transformed the way we consume. Technological progress has allowed platforms to disrupt markets in profound ways and create new industries online. Their ability to connect interest groups, mobilize capital, and create new workforces, have resulted in their exponential growth of entire platform ecosystems. These ecosystems can host several actors and firms: all collaborating and competing, not just for profit - but for your time, attention, and data. More


RapidAI4EO aims to advance rapid and continuous land monitoring with state-of-the-art AI solutions. Under the sponsorship of the European Union’s Horizon 2020 program, RapidAI4EO will establish the foundations for the next generation of Copernicus Land Monitoring Service (CLMS) products. More

World Cover

World Cover aims to produce, deliver and validate, as fast as possible, a global land cover map at 10m resolution with a mapping of a minimum of 10 land cover classes and a minimum overall accuracy of 75 %. The project is user driven, aiming at a maximum impact of the global land cover map to a set of end-user organizations. More

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