August 2, 2013
At the recent 2013 annual conference of the System Dynamics Society, the team at ClimateInteractive, including Professor John Sterman, was presented with the Society’s Best Application Award. This award is presented by the SD Society every other year for the best “real world” application of system dynamics, and is, according to the SD Society, “based primarily on demonstrated measurable benefit to an organization through the use of system dynamics, and secondarily for new ideas that improve the art of applying system dynamics, or for relating work to existing system dynamics literature and/or other disciplines.”
The award was presented to the members of the ClimateInteractive team for their paper, "Climate interactive: the C-ROADS climate policy model," published in the System Dynamics Review, by John Sterman, Thomas Fiddaman (PhD in system dynamics, MIT Sloan), Travis Franck (PhD and SM, Engineering Systems Division), Andrew Jones (SM, Technology and Policy Program), Stephanie McCauley, Philip Rice, Elizabeth Sawin (PhD, Biology, MIT) and Lori Siegel. The work describes the interactive climate policy simulations the team developed, and how they are being used by groups from senior policymakers to business leaders, the media, educators, and the general public, to help to build shared understanding—grounded in the best available science—of the impact of different greenhouse gas emissions pathways and policies to mitigate the risks of anthropogenic climate change. Read more here.