TITLE

Implications of simultaneously mitigating and adapting to climate change: initial experiments using GCAM

AUTHOR(S)
Calvin, Katherine; Wise, Marshall; Clarke, Leon; Edmonds, Jae; Kyle, Page; Luckow, Patrick; Thomson, Allison
PUB. DATE
March 2013
SOURCE
Climatic Change;Mar2013, Vol. 117 Issue 3, p545
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
Most research on future climate change discusses mitigation and impacts/adaptation separately. However, mitigation will have implications for impacts and adaptation. Similarly, impacts and adaptation will affect mitigation. This paper begins to explore these two veins of research simultaneously using an integrated assessment model. We begin by discussing the types of interactions one might expect by impact sector. Then, we develop a numerical experiment in the agriculture sector to illustrate the importance of considering mitigation, impacts, and adaptation at the same time. In our experiment, we find that climate change can reduce crop yields, resulting in an expansion of cropland to feed a growing population and a reduction in bioenergy production. These two effects, in combination, result in an increase in the cost of mitigation.
ACCESSION #
85986595

 

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