An IMAGE of the Future
In 2001, version 2.2 of the IMAGE model was completed as result of a multi-year development trajectory. Besides an ensuing internal discussion at RIVM on the way forward with global integrated assessment tools, the Directorate General of the Environment (DGM) of the Ministry of Housing and the Environment raised the question of whether or not the IMAGE path would still offer sufficient potential to address current and emerging policy themes and questions adequately.
This report summarizes the outcome of these two discussions and outlines the derived plans with IMAGE in 2002 and the next couple of years. The plans for further development of methodologies and tools, initiated in 2002, offer good prospects to build enhanced capacities to perform state-of-the-art analyses in support of ongoing climate policy discussions; to broaden the scope by embedding the climate issue in the broader context of Sustainable Development; and to strengthen the European research area aiming for a jointly developed, maintained and applied set of tools. A step-by-step, modular development strategy implies that sufficient capacity continues to be available to contribute to major MNP policy advice work.