DIAMOND – Delivering the next generation of open Integrated Assessment MOdels for Net-zero, sustainable Development
- Geographical scope:Global
- Time horizon:December 2022 - November 2026
- Initial Release:December 2022
- Institution(s):Institute of Communication and Computer Systems (ICCS), BC3 - Basque Centre for Climate Change, CESAR – Centre of Economic Scenario Analysis and Research, CICERO – CICERO Center for International Climate Research, CYI – The Cyprus Institute, 4SMA – Energy Engineering Economic Environment System Modelling and Analysis, HOLISTIC – HOLISTIC P.C., COMILLAS - Comillas Pontifical University of Madrid, ISINNOVA - Institute of Studies for the Integration of Systems, SEURECO - Société EURopéenne d'ECOnomie, UM - Maastricht University, ESMIA – Energy Super Modelers and International Analysts, UMD- University of Maryland, EPFL - Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, ETH - Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zürich, UNIBAS – University of Basel, Imperial - Imperial College London, Oxford - University of Oxford, UCL – University College London
Recent literature has underlined the interplay among climate mitigation, adaptation, and finance, as well as between climate action and other development agendas, including sustainable resource use, human development and equity, and environmental pressures. Despite the significant evolution of integrated assessment models (IAMs) in the last decade, there remain several criticisms on their design, use, and adequacy to respond to unaddressed and emerging questions in the light of the Paris Agreement and net zero ambition.
DIAMOND will update, upgrade, and fully open six IAMs that are emblematic in scientific and policy processes, improving their sectoral and technological detail, spatiotemporal resolution, and geographic granularity. It will further enhance modelling capacity to assess the feasibility and desirability of Paris-compliant mitigation pathways, their interplay with adaptation, circular economy, and other SDGs, their distributional and equity effects, and their resilience to extremes, as well as robust risk management and investment strategies.
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