The International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) is the coordinator of the CD-LINKS project.
IIASA is an international scientific institute that conducts policy-oriented research into problems that are too large or too complex to be solved by a single country or academic discipline. Problems like climate change that have a global reach and can be resolved only by international cooperative action. Or problems of common concern to many countries that need to be addressed at the national level, such as energy security, population aging, and sustainable development. Funded by scientific institutions in Africa, the Americas, Asia and Europe, IIASA is also independent – completely unconstrained by political or national self-interest. IIASA’s mission is to:
- provide insights and guidance to policymakers worldwide by finding solutions to global
- and universal problems through applied systems analysis in order to improve
- human and social wellbeing and protect the environment.
Some 200 mathematicians, social scientists, natural scientists, economists and engineers from over 35 countries carry out research at IIASA in Laxenburg, Austria, at the heart of Europe. These range from world-renowned scholars – four Nobel Prize laureates have worked at IIASA – to young scientists just embarking on their careers. In addition, IIASA-related research networks around the globe collect and process local and regional data for integration into IIASA’s advanced scientific models. Through such scientific collaboration IIASA also builds bridges among countries.
IIASA researches real world problems using cutting-edge science. It provides practical and independent insights into today’s most pressing global issues relating to the environment, society and technology. It has also been a leading contributor for 30 years to the development and refinement of assessment and decision-support methodologies, global databases, and analytical tools. The institute concentrates its research efforts within three core global problem areas:
- Energy and Climate Change;
- Food and Water;
- Poverty and Equity.