Title: The role of integrated assessment modeling in long-term decision making
Integrated assessment models are a critical methodological tool for exploring long-term synergies and trade-offs between the energy, land, water, climate, and economic systems. They are widely used to investigate climate change mitigation and adaption, energy system transition, technological change, and a range of issues for global, national, local, and private-sector decision making.
The Global Change Assessment Model (GCAM) is an integrated assessment model with a long history. It has participated in every major climate/energy/economics assessment over the last 20 years and been used in all IPCC assessment reports. This presentation will give an overview of GCAM and integrated assessment modeling, current and future directions, and examples of its application in understanding the role of technologies and policies.
About the speaker
Sha Yu, Scientist, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
Dr. Sha Yu is a scientist at the U.S. Department Energy’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL). Her research focuses on energy and climate change mitigation policy issues – carbon dioxide emission scenarios and mitigation pathways, low carbon and sustainable energy policies, smart cities, and modeling energy sectors within the integrated assessment modeling framework of the Global Change Assessment Model (GCAM). She is leading the development of GCAM-China, which investigates provincial-level modeling of the Chinese energy system within the context of global integrated assessment modeling. Prior to joining PNNL in 2010, Dr. Yu worked at the Renmin University of China and Byrraju Foundation in India.