Category: Research

COBHAM – Milan

COBHAM – Milan

In the past days I participated in the workshop titled “Best practices for modeling human behaviour in IAMs”, where I remind that the acronym IAM stands for Integrated Assessment Model, i.e. the model family that comprises my WITCH model. The workshop was organized in the context of COBHAM, the ERC project coordinated by my Supervisor Massimo Tavoni. Behavior is a relevant aspect in Integrated Assessment Modeling, which has become topical in recent years. The research question is quite simple: IAMs…

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Seminar at the JRC

Seminar at the JRC

Last week I was invited to give a seminar at the JRC site in Petten, the Netherlands. As most of you surely know, the JRC is the Joint Research Centre of the European Commission. It features seven research institutes distributed across five sites in five different European countries (in addition to the headquarters in Brussels). Petten is the main site of the Institute for Energy and Transport (which also has some units in Ispra, here in Italy). My presentation was…

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Millennials Ambassadors Forum – Turin

Millennials Ambassadors Forum – Turin

Yesterday I participated in a workshop organized by the Millennials Ambassadors Forum (MAF) in Turin, Italy. MAF is a think-tank where the so-called Ambassadors, i.e. prominent personalities from the social, political, and economic world, provide mentorship to the new generations under the inspiration of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Naturally the event was not strictly related to the MERCURY project, but it was surely within my multi-dimensional training objectives, especially in the broader perspective of understanding the world…

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CMCC Seminar – Venice

CMCC Seminar – Venice

Last Wednesday I participated in a seminar organized by the Euro-Mediterranean Center on Climate Change (CMCC, Centro Euro-Mediterraneo sui Cambiamenti Climatici) in Venice. The seminar was titled “A EU ‘Paris consistent’ road transport policy: is it possible and what would it take?” and was held by Jørgen Henningsen, senior adviser on energy and climate change of the European Policy Centre, and, among others, former director of the DG Environment of the European Commission. Indeed I did not simply attend the…

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CCS paper completed, now nuclear!

CCS paper completed, now nuclear!

Yesterday I finally completed the first draft of the CCS paper. As I anticipated in the last relevant post, I will likely finalize the article only after the end of the project: for the moment, this draft version is more than sufficient for Deliverable 2.1 and I have to focus on completing the modeling activity within January 15. The next step is the final task within WP2, focused on nuclear. It is known that this technology still represents a key…

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SISC – Venice

SISC – Venice

In the past days I participated in the sixth annual conference of the Italian Society for Climate Sciences (SISC, Società Italiana per le Scienze del Clima) hosted by the Ca’ Foscari University of Venice. As the name suggests, this conference has more a scientific focus on climate change than my research activity, but it is always good to remain as up-to-date as possible on the multi-dimensional aspects of climate change mitigation. For instance, a couple of keynote speeches regarded the…

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CCS analysis completed

CCS analysis completed

As anticipated two weeks ago, after running the CCS scenarios I focused on generating the relevant graphs in R, which I completed in the past days. I used the R script from the solar exercise, but some efforts were required to adapt it to this activity. Indeed I am not super expert with this software, and sometimes I had to ask help to more trained colleagues, but results are of great aesthetic quality. Plus, once you have written the script,…

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European Researchers’ Night

European Researchers’ Night

Last Friday was a special day in the European research community, as the European Researchers’ Night (ERN) took place. The ERN is essentially one day – despite the name 🙂 – when, once per year, thousands of learning and interactive activities are organized all over Europe in order to involve the general public and increase its awareness of innovation and research activities. A lot of activities were organized in Milan as well: the biggest initiative, promoted by the main universities…

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CCS scenarios completed

CCS scenarios completed

In the past days I finally completed the scenario runs concerning the CCS exercise that I have been carrying out in these weeks. Eventually I generated a set of 28 scenarios: as anticipated in one of the previous posts, there is a main matrix of climate targets (3.5°C, 3°C, 2.5°C, 2°C, and 1.5°C – all values refer to the temperature increase in 2100 with respect to the pre-industrial levels) coupled with different years when investing in CCS is triggered (2020,…

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Solar PV learning in Integrated Assessment Models – first full paper

Solar PV learning in Integrated Assessment Models – first full paper

A couple of months ago I dedicated a post to the completion of the very first draft version of the paper focused on  the solar PV learning activity. I specified that I had shared the document with my co-authors and that, once received their feedback, I would aim at producing the first full version of the paper within end August. Well, this target has essentially been reached 🙂 In fact in the past days I finalized the document and, again,…

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