On 14 December, Dr. Mikiko Kainuma, Research Advisor at the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES) received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Integrated Assessment Modeling Consortium (IAMC).
IAMC is an international consortium established in 2007 in response to a call from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) for a group of scientists to lead the development of new scenarios for assessing the impacts of climate change. The Lifetime Achievement Award is given only in special cases, for outstanding lifetime achievement in integrated assessment modeling and consistent contributions to scientific and inclusive community building. Previous recipients include William Nordhaus, a Nobel Prize winner in economics.
Dr. Kainuma, who is also one of the founders of IAMC, has contributed to the international research community in various ways including developing the Asia Pacific Integrated Assessment Model (AIM), conducting long-standing research with AIM at the National Institute for Environmental Studies (NIES), and serving as a lead author on the Fourth and Fifth IPCC Assessment Reports and the IPCC 1.5°C Special Report. This award recognises her consistent research activities.
Dr. Kainuma stated, “I am honored to receive this Lifetime Achievement Award from the IAMC. IAMC was created in 2007 in response to a call from the IPCC for a group of scientists to lead the development of new scenarios. We have provided scenarios such as Representative Concentration Pathways (RCP; 2011) and Shared Socioeconomic Pathways (SSP; 2017) to the IPCC and others. I am very proud to be a part of these activities.”