Usage Guide Contents
The following information and essays are available through the MVA Usage Guide:
- Why Do We Care About Integrated Assessment Models -- Background on why IAMs are useful tools for understanding global climate change.
- Who Develops Integrated Assessment Models -- Background on who designs and builds IAMs, the objectives of building IAMs, and funding for the development of IAMs.
- Insights and Limitations in the Development of Integrated Assessment Models -- A review of insights and limitations that developers of IAMs attribute to the models.
- Use of Integrated Assessment Models in Policy Making and Research -- A discussion of how policy and decision makers might use the results of IAMs, and how IAMs can be used in policy related research.
- Use of Integrated Assessment Models for Impact Assessment and Research -- Background on the use of IAMs for conducting impact assessment and other climate change related research. [Forthcoming]
- Use of Integrated Assessment Models by the Private Sector -- A review of how the business community (e.g., insurance companies) might utilize the results of IAMs. [Forthcoming]
- How to Select an Integrated Assessment Model -- A discussion on how to choose an IAM for conducting a specific task with a focus on the IAMs available through the MVA Service.
- How the MVA Service Works -- Information on how to use the MVA Service for addressing specific policy and research issues. [Forthcoming]
The essays in the usage guide are relatively short (1000 to 2000 words). A contents list is provided at the beginning of each essay to help you navigate through the material. In addition, each essay links to other reference material. In most cases these are articles and reports from the published literature that expand on the ideas and concepts in the essays.
Additional information about IAMs, SEDAC's MVA Service, and global climate change is available from:
Center for International Earth Science Information Network (CIESIN). 1995. Thematic Guide to Integrated Assessment Modeling of Climate Change [online]. University Center, Mich.
CIESIN URL: http://sedac.ciesin.org/mva/iamcc.tg/TGHP.html