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Climate Change: A Welfare Economics Perspective   
The site was produced as part of a project for the class "Climate Change Policy" given at the Indiana University School of Public and Environmental Affairs. It offers an overview of the benefits and costs of climate change mitigation, with a discussion of the costs of emissions reductions and carbon sequestration and the various economic models used in such calculations.
IEA/ORAU Long-Term Global Energy - CO2 Model   
Also known as the Edmonds-Reilly model, this model runs on an IBM PC and is available from the Carbon Dioxide Information Analysis Center (CDIAC). The model has the capability to calculate both CO2 (carbon dioxide) and CH4 (methane) emission estimates by source and region. Population, labor productivity, end-use energy efficiency, income effects, price effects, resource base, technological change in energy production, environmental costs of energy production, market-penetration rate of energy-supply technology, solar and biomass energy costs, synfuel costs, and the number of forecast periods may be interactively inspected and altered producing a variety of global and regional CO2 and CH4 emission scenarios for 1975 through 2100.
Integrated Assessment of Global Climate Change   
Part of the Department of Energy's (DOE) Biological and Environmental Sciences Research Program, the Integrated Assessment program integrates simplified representations of the entire global climate system, emphasizing greenhouse gas emissions and actions that would affect emissions. The results of this research provide a foundation for subsequent policy analysis or decision making. The estimated costs of certain actions can be weighed against predicted changes in impacts. The research program also helps the climate change research community better identify priority scientific topics. The website contains research abstracts, research opportunity notices, fellowship information and links to research topics.
MIT Integrated Global System Model   
The website describes MIT's Integrated Global System Model (IGSM), and links to online reports from the MIT Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change, an organization for research, independent policy analysis, and public education in global environmental change. The IGSM model is designed for simulating the global environmental changes that may arise as a result of anthropogenic causes, the uncertainties associated with the projected changes, and the effect of proposed policies on such changes. The model includes an economic model for analysis of greenhouse and aerosol precursor gas emissions and mitigation proposals.
Model Visualization and Analysis Service (MVA)   
The Model Visualization and Analysis Service (MVA) provides background information on the use of integrated assessment to examine the relationship between human activities and global climate change, descriptions of integrated assessment models (IAMs), and access to model-generated output.
Special Report on Emissions Scenarios (SRES)   
This database contains data from both intervention and non-intervention scenarios of future emissions of greenhouse gases, supporting the activities of the IPCC Special Report on Emission Scenario (SRES). The goal of the SRES was to provide a basis for analysis of potential future climatic changes and associated impacts as well as a reference for socio-economic analysis of long-term mitigation options. Several of the scenarios are the results of an integrated assessment (IA) model - they take into consideration the interactions between energy, economy, and land use changes.



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