Bottom-up Mitigation of Global Climate Change

By Micha Tomkiewicz and Lori Scarlatos.

Published by The International Journal of Climate Change: Impacts and Responses

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The talk will be based on a new online/offline game/simulation (Intelligent Energy Choices (IEC)) that was designed to provide educators at high schools and college levels and engage general public with an interactive, interesting, tool that allows users to “control” their countries and by doing so, control the fate of the world. The conclusion from playing and observing IEC is that Millenium goals can be satisfied while the countries that they rule and the World at large prosper. IEC is an agent-based simulation/game in which the world’s twenty-five most populous countries are represented either by autonomous agents (simulation) or players. IEC is focused on energy use and climate change and their global and national impact on climate and prosperity. The algorithm is based on choice between purchasing the lowest cost energy sources and Cap and Trade mechanism in which global emissions are regulated to constantly decline, and the price of a “unit” of carbon dioxide is collectively adjustable. The reference year is taken as 2003 so data are available for comparing the bottom-up results of the world controlled by the players and the top-down recent data.

Keywords: Climate Change, Game, Simulation, Independent Agents, World

The International Journal of Climate Change: Impacts and Responses, Volume 4, Issue 1, pp.37-48. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.016MB).

Micha Tomkiewicz

Professor, Department of Physics, Brooklyn College of CUNY, New York City, New York, USA

Dr. Micha Tomkiewicz, Professor of Physics, and founder of the Environmental Studies Program at Brooklyn College and Professor of Physics and Chemistry in the School for Graduate Studies of the City University of New York. Professor Tomkiewicz is an expert in alternative energy sources and on the global consequences of present global energy practices. He wrote 140 refereed articles, edited books and organized international symposia on these topics. He has recently published a book titled “Climate Change: the Fork at the End of Now”–Momentum Press–2011. The book describes the links between energy use and climate change. Professor Tomkiewicz served as Divisional Editor of the Journal of the Electrochemical Society, Chairman of the “Energy and Technology Division” of the Electrochemical Society and was a member of the International Organizing Committee of conferences on Photochemical Conversion and Storage of Solar Energy.

Lori Scarlatos

Associate Professor, Department of Technology and Society, Stony Brook University, USA

Dr. Lori Scarlatos is an associate professor of Educational Computing in the Department of Technology and Society, and affiliated with the Department of Computer Science at SBU. Dr. Scarlatos teaches instructional design and human-computer interaction, and has extensive experience working on software for educational games and simulations, both in academia and in industry. Her research focuses on how games, simulations, and e-learning activities can be used to enhance education. Dr. Scarlatos is also dedicated to the cause of broadening participation in computing. Currently, she is PI for the SBU portion of the NSF funded BPC Emerging Leadership Alliance, and instructor for the local TechPrep program which reaches out to economically disadvantaged middle-school girls.

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