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Representation of the Terrestrial System in Integrated
Assessment ModelsMarch 27 Thursday

About Our Speaker

Katherine V. Calvin

Katherine V. Calvin is a research economist at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory's Joint Global Change Research Institute in College Park, MD. Her research focuses on model development and scenario analysis with the Global Change Assessment Model (GCAM), JGCRI’s integrated assessment model.  Her recent work has examined the impacts of bioenergy on land-use, the implications of delayed participation in climate stabilization scenarios, and the influence of second best policies on environmental effectiveness and economic efficiency. She received BS degrees in Mathematics and Computer Science from the University of Maryland and MS and PhD degrees in Management Science and Engineering from Stanford University.

About the Talk

Integrated assessment models combine representations of the economy, the energy system, the terrestrial system, and the climate system. These models have been used extensively for scenario development and the analysis of mitigation strategies. This talk will describe the terrestrial component of a single integrated assessment model (GCAM), including the representation of the carbon cycle in the GCAM model. We will examine how the terrestrial system may evolve in the future under a variety of different conditions.


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This talk was held at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center on March 27, 2014, as part of the Carbon Monitoring System Applications Policy Speaker Series.

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