Large Scale ACE Modelling for Climate Change Impacts and Sustainable Development

The discussion group met on the 14 May 2009.  It included leading computer scientists, Mike Holcombe (Sheffield, ppt) and Andrew Greenough (Director, Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, ppt); Andrew Morse (Geography Dept, Liverpool, ppt); Chris Clegg (Director,Centre For Social Technical Systems Design,Leeds,ppt );  Mark Harvey (Sociology Dept., Essex, ppt), Steffen Boehm (Essex Business School) and economist, Sheri Markose (ppt). The major drawbacks of economic models of climate change relate to the the reduced form Ramsay equation for growth based framework where critical structure changing processes such as carbon abatement technology innovation, adoption of green consumption etc are typically inserted as parameters. This conveys very little understanding about the processes behind how economies make the transition from high carbon to low carbon both as a historical record and also as a means by which proper policy analysis can be done.  It is hoped that FLAME, an ACE program developed for supercomputers can digitally map at multi-scales, a data base grounded model at very high level of resolution of the transition processes from high to low carbon energy of an economy and also provide a means for scenario analysis and policy test bedding in a more realistic setting than has been possible to date.     

The full program of the day can be found here.   The workshop was supported by the COMISEF project and the COMISEF fellows Mateusz Gatkowski and Ali Rais Shaghaghi also attended.