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Overcoming the disconnect between energy system and climate modeling

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July 20, 2022

Energy system models underpin decisions by energy system planners and operators. Energy system modeling faces a transformation: accounting for changing meteorological conditions imposed by climate change. To enable that transformation, a community of practice in energy-climate modeling has started to form that aims to better integrate energy system models with weather and climate models. Here, we evaluate the disconnects between the energy system and climate modeling communities, then lay out a research agenda to bridge those disconnects. In the near-term, we propose interdisciplinary activities for expediting uptake of future climate data in energy system modeling. In the long-term, we propose a transdisciplinary approach to enable development of (1) energy-system-tailored climate datasets for historical and future meteorological conditions and (2) energy system models that can effectively leverage those datasets. This agenda increases the odds of meeting ambitious climate mitigation goals by systematically capturing and mitigating climate risk in energy sector decision-making.

Jan Wohland
Laurens P. Stoop
Alexander Kies
Bryn Pickering
Hannah C. Bloomfield
Jethro Browell
Matteo De Felice
Chris J. Dent
Adrien Deroubaix
Felix Frischmuth
Paula L.M. Gonzalez
Aleksander Grochowicz
Katharina Gruber
Philipp Hartel
Martin Kittel
Leander Kotzur
Inga Labuhn
Julie K. Lundquist
Noah Pflugradt
Karin van der Wiel
Marianne Zeyringer
David J. Brayshaw
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Energy Systems
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Michael T. Craig, Jan Wohland, Laurens P. Stoop, Alexander Kies, Bryn Pickering, Hannah C. Bloomfield, Jethro Browell, Matteo De Felice, Chris J. Dent, Adrien Deroubaix, Felix Frischmuth, Paula L.M. Gonzalez, Aleksander Grochowicz, Katharina Gruber, Philipp Härtel, Martin Kittel, Leander Kotzur, Inga Labuhn, Julie K. Lundquist, Noah Pflugradt, Karin van der Wiel, Marianne Zeyringer, David J. Brayshaw, Overcoming the disconnect between energy system and climate modeling, Joule, Volume 6, Issue 7, 2022. CSS22-47