Projecting Energy and Climate for the 21st Century: Results from MIT Integrated Global Systems Model

Using a projection modeling system developed by MIT’s Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change, the Integrated Global System Model (IGSM), we provide an integrated assessment of how human activities, given our current development path, are interacting with complex Earth systems and ultimately affecting the natural resources on which we depend. In the first part of the presentation (lead by Dr, Erwan Monier), we introduce the IGSM, and describe the capabilities of the modeling system to simulate the uncertainty in the future climate response to anthropogenic emissions of greenhouse gases and aerosols. In the second part of the presentation (lead by Dr, Sergey Paltsev), we provide an integrated economic and climate projection of the 21st century--not a prediction, as the future will ultimately be determined by actions taken over the next decades that are intended to stabilize our relationship with the planet. We incorporate the emissions targets currently proposed by the international community to address the challenges of climate change. 

Speakers

Sergey Paltsev

Deputy Director & Senior Research Scientist, Joint Program
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Dr. Sergey Paltsev is a Senior Research Scientist at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Cambridge,... more

Erwan Monier

Research Scientist
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Dr Erwan Monier is a Research Scientist at the MIT Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change.... more