Producing Policy-relevant Science by Enhancing Robustness and Model Integration for the Assessment of Global Environmental Change

Warren, R.F and Edwards, N.R and Barbonneau, F. and Bacon, P.M and Dietrich, J.P. and Ford, R. W. and Garthwaite, Paul and Gerten, Dieter and Goswami, S. and Haurie, A. and Hiscock, Kevin and Holden, Philip and Hyde, M. R. and Joshi, S. R. and Kanudia, A. and Labriet, M. and Liembach, M. and Oyebamiji, O.K. and Osborn, T. and Pizzileo, B. and Popp, A. and Price, J. and Riley, G. and Schaphoff, Sibyll and Slavin, P. and Vielle, M. and Wallace, C. (2019) Producing Policy-relevant Science by Enhancing Robustness and Model Integration for the Assessment of Global Environmental Change. Environmental Modelling and Software, 111. pp. 248-258. ISSN 1364-8152

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We use the flexible model coupling technology known as the bespoke framework generator to link established existing modules representing dynamics in the global economy (GEMINI_E3), the energy system (TIAM-WORLD), the global and regional climate system (MAGICC6, PLASIM-ENTS and ClimGEN), the agricultural system, the hydrological system and ecosystems (LPJmL), together in a single integrated assessment modelling (IAM) framework, building on the pre-existing framework of the Community Integrated Assessment System. Next, we demonstrate the application of the framework to produce policy-relevant scientific information. We use it to show that when using carbon price mechanisms to induce a transition from a high-carbon to a low-carbon economy, prices can be minimised if policy action is taken early, if burden sharing regimes are used, and if agriculture is intensified. Some of the coupled models have been made available for use at a secure and user-friendly web portal.

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Environmental Modelling and Software
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This is the author’s version of a work that was accepted for publication in Environmental Modelling & Software. Changes resulting from the publishing process, such as peer review, editing, corrections, structural formatting, and other quality control mechanisms may not be reflected in this document. Changes may have been made to this work since it was submitted for publication. A definitive version was subsequently published in Environmental Modelling & Software, 111, 2018 DOI: 10.1016/j.envsoft.2018.05.010
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