Modeling climate change feedbacks and adaptation responses: Recent approaches and shortcomings

Karen Fisher-Vanden, Ian Sue Wing, Elisa Lanzi, David Popp

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Abstract

This paper offers a critical review of modeling practice in the field of integrated assessment of climate change and ways forward. Past efforts in integrated assessment have concentrated on developing baseline trajectories of emissions and mitigation scenario analyses. A key missing component in Integrated Assessment Models (IAMs) is the representation of climate impacts and adaptation responses. In this paper, we identify key biases that are introduced when climate impacts and adaptation responses are omitted from the analysis and review the state of modeling studies that attempt to capture these feedbacks. A common problem in these IAM studies is the lack of connection with empirical studies. We therefore also review the state of the empirical work on climate impacts and identify ways that this connection could be improved.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)481-495
Number of pages15
JournalClimatic Change
Volume117
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 1 2013

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Global and Planetary Change
  • Atmospheric Science

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