Encyclopedia of Operations Research and Management Science

2001 Edition
| Editors: Saul I. Gass, Carl M. Harris

Global climate change models

  • Hans W. Gottinger
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/1-4020-0611-X_388

Over the past twenty years, operations research has impacted the conceptual foundations, the scale and scope of models providing normative and predictive explanations on a potentially serious environmental threat known as the “greenhouse effect.” To assess long-term socio-economic changes due to the prevalence of the greenhouse effect, integrated models of energy, economy and the environment (EEE) of various levels of complexity have been constructed and put to use (Dowlabati, 1995).


We start with some early modeling approaches in the context of carbon dioxide (CO2) policies, involving an activity analysis model adapted to the CO2 problem (Nordhaus, 1979, 1980). This is an instructive example of the application of simple optimization models to a quantitative, qualitative and integrated analysis of CO2 strategies. The analysis contains the major ingredients of EEE models of this kind: (i) the dynamics of the CO2cycle, the sources...

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Hans W. Gottinger
    • 1
  1. 1.International Institute for Technology Management and EconomicsBad WaldseeGermany