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Compendium on methods and tools to evaluate impacts of, and vulnerability and adaptation to, climate change


IMAGE (Integrated Model to Assess the Greenhouse Effect)
Description

IMAGE was developed at RIVM in the Netherlands. It takes a global approach with the entire earth system as the subject of investigation. Its main use is scenario analysis of the issue of anthropogenic climate change due to the greenhouse effect. It is Integrated because it is designed to simulate the dynamics and interconnections between three major subsystems of the globe, namely, climate, biosphere, and society.

Appropriate Use Land use and climate change effects on land productivity.
Scope Global and national level responses.
Key Output Cumulative greenhouse gas emissions, the resulting atmospheric concentrations, global warming, sea level rise, changing patterns of land use and cover, agricultural impacts, ecosystem risks, and also the costs of policies for emissions reduction or control.
Key Input Climate, soil, land use and cover, regional demands for cropland and rangeland and fuelwood demand, and “local” potential for land.
Ease of Use Expertise of ecosystem and land use science
Training Required Yes
Training Available No formal training offered
Computer Requirements Computer access
Documentation http://www.pbl.nl/en/themasites/image/index.html
Applications http://www.pbl.nl/en/themasites/image/index.html
Contacts for Framework, Documentation, Technical Assistance

Environmental Systems Engineering, Center for Environmental Systems Research, Kurt-Wolters-Straße 3, Room 2116, 34109 Kassel, Germany; Tel: +49.561.804.3898; Fax: +49.561.804.3176.

Cost Not specified
References

Alcamo, Joseph (ed.). 1994. IMAGE 2.0: Integrated Modeling of Global Climate Change. Dordrecht, The Netherlands: Kluwer Academic Publishers.