Title: The role of modelling tools in Integrated Sustainability Assessment (ISA)

Authors: Hermann Lotze-Campen

Addresses: Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK), P.O. Box 601203, 14412 Potsdam, Germany

Abstract: The paper provides a review of existing modelling tools that have been applied to a wide range of sustainability issues and have been used for policy-relevant sustainability assessments. The review covers biophysical models, socio-economic models as well as integrated approaches. It is discussed at which stages of the Integrated Sustainability Assessment (ISA) cycle models can play an important role. A case study is provided on how three prominent models are to be linked for ISA. The paper closes with a discussion of challenges and limitations in using models in an interdisciplinary setting.

Keywords: integrated sustainability assessment; ISA; modelling tools; biophysical models; socio-economic models; integrated modelling; sustainable development.

DOI: 10.1504/IJISD.2008.018194

International Journal of Innovation and Sustainable Development, 2008 Vol.3 No.1/2, pp.70 - 92

Published online: 11 May 2008 *

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