CIM-EARTH is a collaborative, multi-institutional project to design a large-scale integrated modeling framework as a tool for decision makers in climate and energy policy. CIM-EARTH is intended to enhance economic detail and computational capabilities in climate change policy models, and to nucleate and support a broad interdisciplinary and international community of researchers and policymakers.
Human prosperity depends fundamentally on energy usage, and that usage must increase many times over if the developing world is to advance out of poverty. Supplying energy to meet human needs is difficult enough; worse still is that a byproduct of most energy production – carbon dioxide from fossil fuel burning – leads to unwelcome changes in the world’s climate. Energy usage now threatens the prosperity it helped create. The problem is inherently a global one: governments, industries, and individuals worldwide are linked in a single energy system whose emissions then affect climate throughout the world. Many scientists now feel that transforming the means by which we capture and use energy is the defining challenge of our time.