For societies to effectively cope with anthropogenic climate change, ambitious policies for long-term climate stabilization are needed. Reaching that goal requires the transition from carbon-intensive to low-carbon economies be achieved as quickly as possible. Extensive research is needed to identify good “mitigation pathways” for that transition.
The AMPERE project used state-of-the-art energy-economy and integrated assessment models to explore possible pathways to cutting greenhouse gas emissions, and to calculate the costs of following those paths. Combining the results from a sizable ensemble of models, the project focused on four areas:
Using IIASA's MESSAGE and GAINS models, researchers analyzed the effects of different low-carbon technologies on mitigation pathways. Researchers also looked at the effects of climate feedbacks such as a warming-induced increase in methane released from permafrost, which in turn causes more warming. They also used MESSAGE to conduct a comparative analysis of the economic costs of the various mitigation scenarios developed as part of the project.
Last edited: 03 June 2014
2011 - 2014
The results of the AMPERE modeling comparison exercise
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