The crowdsourcing game Picture Pile has reached half its goal of sorting 5 million satellite images. Why IIASA researchers need your help to finish the rest.
Disaster risk policy has a long way to go to to turn “lessons learned” into preventative actions.
Turning 65 in 2016 doesn’t mean the same thing as hitting 65 in 1916. New measures of age change the equation.
How can a model estimate how fast and far a wildfire will spread?
A participant in the Moscow Summer Academy 2015 combines optimal control with game theory to model interplays between ecology and economic behavior
UN World Water Day focuses on water and jobs – how are they linked?
With global supply chains, local disasters or man-made accidents can propagate from one place to another, and generate significant impact. How can this be prevented?
Ozone pollution is intertwined with air pollution and climate change. So what impact will EU policies on climate and clean air have on future ozone levels?
Population researcher Luis Castro reflects on the history of migration analysis at IIASA, and its critical relevance today.
Interview: Shalini Randeria on poverty, democracy, and the sustainable development goals.
Can your science compete with a really funny youtube clip? Communicating science is tough in the age of cat videos.
In the 21st century the major global divide runs between knowledge societies and those where access to education is hampered or denied, say population experts Reiner Klingholz and Wolfgang Lutz.
The Paris climate agreement re-affirmed the importance of compensation for climate-related loss and damage. But what will this mean in practice?
Is it possible to predict how love stories develop, progress, and end using mathematical models?
Tortoise or hare? What walking speed reveals about our socioeconomic status, education, and true age.
Could top sprinters run even faster? An IIASA researcher applies a model of optimal control to understand human athletic potential.
As the Science Ball celebrates Vienna’s vibrant scientific community, two of the city’s prominent researchers discuss the future of science in the city.
IIASA researcher Mia Landauer explores the impact of climate change on cross-country skiing in her home country, Finland.
An interview with IIASA researcher Mikko Heino: Selective harvesting of bigger fish can lead to evolutionary changes towards smaller and faster-maturing fish populations.
In the first survey of its kind in German-speaking countries, asylum-seekers in Austria are asked about their backgrounds, qualifications, and values.
IIASA population researcher Raya Muttarak explains how education can help people prepare and adapt to climate change impacts.
IIASA Director General and CEO Professor Dr. Pavel Kabat says that a fundamental change is needed in the way we think about climate policy.
A novel research network informs policymakers on how to address loss and damage associated with impacts of climate change in particularly vulnerable developing countries.
New research from IIASA and researchers in Africa shows a clear link between education and likelihood of going to prison in South Africa.
A participant’s account from the Summer Academy on Economic Growth and Governance of Natural Resources, which took place at Lomonosov Moscow State University this summer.
Indonesia’s forest fire draws urgency to the need for better agricultural and energy policy.
Naoko Ishii, CEO and Chairperson of the GEF, discusses her view of sustainable development and her optimistic vision of the future.
Living in two different cultures: Scientists and policymakers come together for evidence-based policy
This autumn I attended the first joint JRC-IIASA Summer School on Evidence and Policy, which brought together policymakers and early-career scientists like myself to learn about the evidence-policy interface.
IIASA and the UN have diverging projections for Africa’s future population. IIASA researcher Samir KC explains why the numbers differ.
The planet’s limits come with opportunities for new priorities, greater equity, and greater well-being, says IIASA researcher Brian Fath.
IIASA researcher Stephan Pietsch explains how cooperation between Southern Hemisphere countries could help protect forests.
A new project aims to create an open source database to better understand the urban heat island effect in a warming world.
IIASA World Population Program Director Wolfgang Lutz argues that education is one of the most important factors in sustainable development.
IIASA researcher Jens Borken Kleefeld explores the data on diesel car emissions in Europe and the USA.
IIASA Deputy Director General Nebojsa Nakicenovic outlines his view on how to reverse humanity’s reliance on fossil fuels.
How a transportation and infrastructure megaproject could transform Europe, Asia, and Russia.
An interview with Rockefeller University Program for the Human Environment Director Jesse Ausubel—an alumnus of IIASA’s Young Scientists Summer Program (YSSP)—on his optimistic view for the future of our planet.
IIASA Advanced Systems Analysis researcher Matthias Wildemeersch explains how mathematical theory could help marketers make their content go viral.
Gloria Benedikt, IIASA Associate for Science and Arts, contemplates how science and art can work together towards a sustainable future.
Do scientists need the media? A visit from award-winning journalist Andrew Revkin brings insight on science communication.
IIASA researcher Amanda Palazzo on how IIASA models and scenarios are supporting climate policy development around the world.
Current strategies for limiting climate change to no more than 2°C above pre-industrial levels are centered around a shift towards less carbon-intensive technology, increases in energy efficiency, and changes in management and behavior.
This won’t be enough.
A participant in the IIASA Young Scientists Summer Program reflects on the challenges and rewards of crossing interdisciplinary lines.
Accounting for land use in EU climate policy: Guest Post by former IIASA researcher Hannes Bottcher
Crisis management problems are getting more complex and complicated, but at the same time, governments have less and less resources for their management. How can research help decision makers plan for the unplannable?
Zero net global greenhouse gas emissions must become a reality before the end of the century if humankind is to stave off the worst effects of climate change. How can this be achieved?
IIASA demographer Erich Striessnig talks about new research linking population change with climate change scenarios.
An interview with Mia Landauer, IIASA guest research scholar, on the interrelationships between climate adaptation and mitigation policies, especially in cities.
What will the future landscape of religion look like in North America? IIASA demographer Anne Goujon describes the results from a new set of projections accounting for different assumptions about fertility, conversion and secularization rates, and migration
Dan Jessie, a research scholar in the IIASA Advanced Systems Analysis program, reports back from a recent conference on model validation.
On World Water Day, IIASA Water researcher Paul Yillia reflects on the Water-Energy Nexus, and what it means in practice.
Guest post by Joost Vervoort, of the Environmental Change Institute, University of Oxford. Vervoort, a science-to-policy expert, works closely with IIASA researchers in the Ecosystems Services and Management Program.
IIASA Mitigation of Air Pollution and Greenhouse Gases researcher Fabian Wagner is spending a year at Princeton University as a visiting professor. We caught up with him to find out what he’s working on.
Luzma Fabiola Nava, an IIASA Colosio Fellow, on the challenges of water governance at the U.S. – Mexico border.
IIASA researcher Junko Mochizuki brings an on-the-ground view of risk-sensitive development in Madagascar.
Precision farming, cultured meat, and genetic modification. Which technologies make the most sense for future agriculture?
How can research help achieve resilience? Research Scholar Elisabeth Suwandschieff blogs about the highlights from the 4th Viennese Talks on Resilience.
In an interview, IIASA 2014 Mikhalevich Award Winner Jun Liu, a participant in the 2014 Young Scientists Summer Program, talks about her research on air pollution in China.
In an interview, IIASA 2014 Peccei Award Winner Danielle Haak, a participant in the 2014 Young Scientists Summer Program, talks about her research on aquatic invasive species and ecosystem resilience.
How much should a carbon tax cost in order to spur climate mitigation policies? IIASA researchers and colleagues provide a back-of-the-enveloped calculation
Earlier this month IIASA researcher Leena Ilmola-Sheppard sat in on the OECD High Level Risk Forum, and came away with some new thoughts and questions about how governments approach risk management.
Participants in IIASA’s Young Scientists Summer Program 2014 bring their perspective to the question of how research connects to society.
Read an interview with Princeton University Professor Simon Levin—IIASA council chair 2003-2008–has won numerous awards for his interdisciplinary research in environmental sciences, economics, and evolutionary biology.
With the new population.io Web site from IIASA population researchers, you can find out where you fit in to the world population, and even look up your estimated date of death. IIASA researcher Samir K.C. explains the science behind the new tool.
Palm oil is widely blamed for deforestation, but also brings jobs and economic development. IIASA researchers Aline Mosnier and Johannes Pirker argue that with better land-use planning, healthy forests and palm oil plantations can co-exist.
In a new Correspondence published in the journal Nature, IIASA researchers Ian McCallum and Linda See argue for better sharing of satellite validation data, to improve our understanding of global land cover.
IIASA demographers explain why they project the world population to peak this century and UN demographers believe stabilization is unlikely
At a lecture for IIASA staff, mathematician Don Saari challenged researchers to think outside the box when it comes to systems analysis research.
Many people associate raising living standards in developing countries with increases in greenhouse gas emissions. New research by IIASA’s Narasimha Rao shows that may not be the case.
How can we innovate successfully to address climate change? A new book by IIASA researchers shows the way through a historical investigation of past energy innovations. By Charlie Wilson and Arnulf Grubler.
Wiley’s open-access journal devoted to documenting global change and sustainability, published online a commentary by scientists from IIASA and Brazil tackling the tough question of how to ensure that actions taken locally do not—collectively—contribute to overreaching planetary boundaries.
What does adaptation to climate change entail, and what stands in the way of successful adaptation? Wageningen University researcher Robbert Biesbroek describes recent research on barriers to adaptation, which he conducted in collaboration with IIASA.
At a lecture for IIASA staff, economist Bill Nordhaus explained his idea of “climate clubs” as a new model for international agreements on climate mitigation.
How will societies develop in the future? And what environmental, economic, and social factors will influence these changes? Can these problems be analyzed in a scientific way? IIASA’s Anne Goujon reports from a recent workshop that addressed these questions.
Junko Mochizuki, a research scholar in the IIASA Risk, Policy, and Vulnerability Program, writes about her recent trip to Cambodia to train policymakers in risk assessment and preparedness tools.
IIASA Research Scholar Larry Willmore on his recent research on pensions in Mexico.
Scientists who have worked for many years in the field of climate change sometimes grow cynical about the possibility that the world will address the problem. But John Schellnhuber, director of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) remains hopeful.
Eric F. Wood is a hydrologist at Princeton University, well-known for his work in hydrology, climate, and meteorology, and an IIASA alumnus. In this interview he talks about the next challenges in water research.
Alan McDonald, IIASA Alumnus and member of the IIASA Alumni Advisory Board writes about his time at IIASA in the early 1970s and his research on nuclear reactors and energy systems.