Put a number on it?

Stack of Wood Fuel by Forest Road © Taina Sohlman | Dreamstime.com

Sometimes it’s easy to put numbers on things. IIASA researchers can use their models to estimate biomass production rates, determine the energy potential of an area of forest, and determine the optimal location for renewable energy plants based on a multitude of factors. But some things are harder to quantify. How do you put a […]

Katherine Leitzell

About Katherine Leitzell

Katherine Leitzell is a science writer at the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA), in Laxenburg Austria. IIASA researchers are working on the economic-ecological modelling for the recharge.green project.

The right model for the job

Kleinwalsertal, Vorarlberg, Austria. Credit: Andreas Metz via Flickr. Creative Commons License

The recharge.green project asks big questions about the issues of renewable energy in the Alps region. How do we balance renewable energy production with tourism and protection of nature? What should the mix be between solar, wind, hydro, and bioenergy along with sustainable natural resource management? To answer those questions, recharge.green project partners look to […]

Katherine Leitzell

About Katherine Leitzell

Katherine Leitzell is a science writer at the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA), in Laxenburg Austria. IIASA researchers are working on the economic-ecological modelling for the recharge.green project.

What’s a forest worth?

mountain biker © Andreea Dobrescu Dreamstime.com

When I think of an alpine forest, I think of the towering cedar trees that blanket the Cascade mountains near my native Seattle, with trunks so broad you can’t reach your arms around them. I think of the shadowy quiet that envelops me as I wander through a mountain forest in my new home in […]

Katherine Leitzell

About Katherine Leitzell

Katherine Leitzell is a science writer at the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA), in Laxenburg Austria. IIASA researchers are working on the economic-ecological modelling for the recharge.green project.