International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis
Description of the organization
The International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) is a non-governmental research organisation based in Laxenburg, Austria. The institute conducts inter-disciplinary scientific studies on environmental, economic, technological and social issues in the context of human dimensions of global change. IIASA is well-known for: energy, forestry, population, climate change, risk and vulnerability, adaptation and mitigation, technology, air pollution, land-use, and mathematical modelling.
Expertise and experience of the organization
The participating Forestry Program (FOR) (http://www.iiasa.ac.at/Research/FOR/) has a proven record in frontier science in the fields of European and global forest modelling, agriculture sector modelling, economic modelling, and land use change modelling including erosion. Special emphasis is put on combining aspects such as mitigation and adaptation strategies of climate change, ecosystem management, natural hazards, and special social and economic aspects such as risk, vulnerability and uncertainty into a harmonized integrated modelling approach. Furthermore, the program’s scientific expertise comprises also integrated (policy) assessment of sustainability strategies e.g., biomass for bioenergy potential estimations coupled with forest certification tools.
Selected reference projects
Key scientific / technical personnel
Dr. Erwin Schmid, Assistant Professor, teaches and researches in the field of agricultural policy and environmental and resource economics. He is focusing on integrative analysis to support policy decision-making in the sustainable management of natural resource. He integrates bio-physical process models with economic land use optimisation models to capture the feedback mechanism of natural and human systems at local to global scales.
Responsibilities in CARBO-Extreme
Selected recent relevant publications
Schmid E, Balkovic J, Skalsky R, Biophysical impact assessment of crop land management strategies in EU25 using EPIC. In: Stolbovoy V, Montanarella L, Panagos P: Carbon Sink Enhancement in Soils of Europe: Data, Modelling, and Verification. JRC Scientific and Technical Reports. European Communities 2007, Luxembourg. 160 - 183. ISBN 978-92-79-07691-6.
Schneider, UA, McCarl BA, Schmid E, Agricultural Sector Analysis on Greenhouse Gas Mitigation in U.S. Agriculture and Forestry. Agricultural Systems, 94(2), 128-140, 2007. link to publisher
Balkovic, J, Schmid E, ..., Bio-physical Modelling for Evaluating Soil Carbon Sequestration Potentials on Arable Lands in the Pilot Area Baden-Württemberg. Agriculture. 52/4, 1-13, 2006.
Marland G, Obersteiner M, Schlamadinger B. The carbon benefits of fuels and forests. Science 318, 1066-1068, 2007. link to publisher
Kindermann, G, Obersteiner M, Rametsteiner E, McCallum I, Predicting the deforestation-trend under different-carbon prices, Carbon Balance and Management. 1:15, doi:10.1186/1750-0680-1-15, 2006. link to publisher
Kindermann G, McCallum I, Fritz S, Obersteiner M, A global forest growing stock, biomass and carbon map based on FAO statistics. Silva Fennica 42(3), 387–396, 2008. link to publisher