ESD.864 / ESD.936 Systems Modeling and Assessment for Policy

As taught in: Spring 2010

Schematic of the MIT Integrated Global System Modeling framework.

The MIT Integrated Global System Modeling (IGSM) framework is used to study the causes of global climate change and potential social and environmental consequences. The creation and analysis of such frameworks is used in the implementation of policy. (Image from the MIT Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change.)




Prof. Noelle Selin

Course Features

Course Description

This course explores how scientific information can be used to inform policy decision-making processes through the use of quantitative modeling techniques. It incorporates both hands-on analysis and practice using models as well as evaluation of the use and effectiveness of models in decision-making. The course assesses the full spectrum of model complexity from simple box model calculations to complex, global systems models. Issues addressed include scientific assessment processes; integrated assessment modeling; model frameworks; and scenarios. Examples focus on models and information used for earth system governance, with selected examples from other areas of application.