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Sustainable Climate Risk Management (SCRiM) (completed)

October 2012 – October 2016
International Partner: Lukas Meyer
Funded by the National Science Foundation, USA

SCRiM links a transdisciplinary team of scholars at 19 universities and five research institutions across six nations to answer the question, “What are sustainable, scientifically sound, technologically feasible, economically efficient, and ethically defensible climate risk management strategies?”

Analysing this question is nontrivial for several reasons:

  1. The question transcends the traditional boundaries between academic disciplines and between academia, industry, government, and nongovernmental organizations.
  2. Choosing a strategy involves complex trade-offs across a large range of temporal and spatial scales.
  3. This is a problem imbued with deep uncertainty where decision-makers disagree about the appropriate problem framing, model structure, parameter values, and objectives.

Current analyses of climate-risk management strategies have typically used integrated assessment models that link knowledge and tools from fields such as Earth system science, engineering, economics, decision analysis, operations research, and statistics.
The research network will catalyze fundamental, mission-oriented, and transdisciplinary research to characterize the trade-offs associated with choosing among climate-risk management strategies and analyze how different sustainability criteria interact across a broad range of temporal and spatial scales.

The network will serve to:

  • Train the next generation of diverse scientists and engineers through an international and multi-institutional research, education and mentoring programme;
  • Provide cyber-infrastructure to support transdisciplinary and computationally intensive research collaborations using high-performance computation, new models, and analysis tools that are accessible via a web interface;
  • Bring together experts across disciplines in workshops;
  • Integrate a diverse set of stakeholders and decision-makers into the analyses, providing them with decision-relevant information, and
  • Reach out to educators, decision-makers, underrepresented groups, and the general public through cyber-infrastructure resources and interactive teaching materials.


Head of the section Univ.-Prof. Dr. Lukas Meyer Phone:+43 (0)316 380 - 2300
Fax:+43 (0)316 380 - 9705



Office and project management
Attemsgasse 25/II 8010 Graz
Mag. Kanita Kovačević Phone:+43 (0)316 380 - 2299
Fax:+43 (0)316 380 - 9705

please contact for an appointment

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