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Modelling Global Change: The Art of Integrated Assessment Modelling

Series: Advances in Ecological Economics

By: Marco Janssen

262 pages, Figs, tabs

Edward Elgar

Hardback | Jan 1998 | #81842 | ISBN: 1858987636
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Integrated assessment modelling is a booming subject within the scientific community, triggered by the debate on climate change and the move towards the goal of sustainable development. The book provides an integrated approach to modelling, using a transdisciplinary approach. The author summarizes the main issues involved in the changing global system, and gives and overview of the emerging field of integrated assessment. He then presents a general discussion of the methodological principles of the multidisciplinary model, that is used for the first time in this book. Existing tools are examined and new methodological approaches are applied to various aspects of the problem of global change. The case studies focus on the adaptive behaviour of social and biological agents, including the role of knowledge and the management of malaria, and special attention is given to the development of resistance and the adaptation of these agents to climate change. The book concludes with a discussion on future uses of integrated assessment modelling in the global environment. Modelling Global Change will be vital to economists and scientists who have an interest in integrated assessment modelling, global modelling and decision support, environmental and ecological economists and those interested in sustainable development.


Global change; integrated assessment modelling; methodological issues; optimizing the climate change problem; global energy strategies; the initialallocation of emission rights; the battle of perspectives; managing malaria.

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Marco Janssen, Ecological Economist, National Institute for Public Health and the Environment, (RIVM), The Netherlands

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