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Climate Change and Environmental Modeling with Mathematical Programming

Bruce McCarl, University Distinguished Professor, Agricultural Economics, Texas A&M University

The general concept of using mathematical programming to examine issues of climate change vulnerability, mitigation and adaptation will be discussed.  The presentation will talk about basic approaches to address policy questions and the way theories like price endogenous programming, Dantzig-Wolf decomposition and separable programming are employed.


Dr. McCarl works on economic implications of global climate change, greenhouse gas emission reduction and water allocation/policy plus on applications of optimization theory. He has been involved with the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change being a lead author of the IPCC 2007 Agricultural Mitigation chapter plus the 2014 Economics of Adaptation chapter and the summary for policy makers.  He has done numerous analyses of the US effects of climate change incidence, mitigation and adaptation plus was on the National Academy of Science Panel on America's Climate Choices. He is a Fellow of the Agricultural and Applied Economics Association, the SAEA and the WAEA. He was a participant in the IPCC 2007 Nobel Peace Prize.  He has authored 258 journal articles, 8 books, 58 book chapters, 68 government/agency/experiment station reports, 314 invited presentations and over 200 other meetings presentations.