Integrated Multisector Multiscale Modeling
Innovative modeling to explore how human and natural system landscapes in the United States co-evolve in response to short-term shocks and long-term influences

Discovering Our Future

IM3 couples open-source, process-based, human and natural system models to project vulnerability and resilience from local to continental scales in the United States to both short- and long-term influences.

We are currently studying the responses of interacting energy, water, land, and urban systems to the following compounding influences over the course of the 21st century:

  • Climate, including more severe heat waves and drought
  • Population change and urbanization
  • Other socioeconomic factors
  • Energy transitions
  • Technology change

Examples of research gaps we are trying to close:

  • Key drivers of urban heat wave impacts and how these will evolve under a range of compounding influences
  • Propagation of drought adaptation responses across energy-water-land-urban systems
  • Compound effects of heat waves, drought, and electrification on the future electric grid
  • Formal uncertainty characterization methods for computationally-intensive coupled models

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