Asia-Pacific Integrated Model (AIM)
AIM comprises three main models: a greenhouse gas emissions model (AIM/Emission); a global climate change model (AIM/Climate); and a climate change impact model (AIM/Impact). The AIM/Emission model includes data and information on population, economic trends, and government policies, and estimates energy consumption, land use changes, and greenhouse gas emissions. The AIM/Climate model examines the outcome of different policy scenarios. The AIM/Impact model estimates impacts of the various scenarios on primary production industries and human health.
When to Use This Tool
This tool is most useful for development impacts assessments focused on:
Learn more about the topics for assessing the impacts of low-emission development strategies (LEDS).
Emissions estimates (CO2, SO2, NOx), total primary energy supply, electricity generation by fuel-type, sector-wise energy consumption, economic output (gross domestic product), identified sectors where emissions reductions are most cost-effective, and list of prioritized greenhouse gas reduction measures for different scenarios.
How to Use This Tool
User manual available. Experience with economic modeling software recommended. Requires GAMS (http://www.gams.com/) and MS Access.
Level of Expertise
Energy consumption, gross domestic product, number of households, and other macro-economic data
Examples of how Asia-Pacific Integrated Model (AIM) has helped people assessing the impacts of low-emission development strategies in countries and regions:
Case studies of China, India, Korea, Vietnam, and Japan are available at http://www-iam.nies.go.jp/aim/book/clim_pol_assess.htm.