Integrative Scenarios


Integrative scenario models-models that consider cross-sector innovations in a given city, or the cumulative impact of interventions in multiple cities-offer a way to put into practice the knowledge generated across the network’s diverse research efforts.

Modeling that brings together findings about physical system performance, linked with possible environment, health or wellbeing outcomes taking into account to real-world user behaviors and motivations, as well as relevant governance, policy, and business or financing trends can offer a comprehensive view of interactions between infrastructure systems and their surrounding physical, social, and institutional landscapes.

Despite the rising number and scope of urban modeling efforts worldwide, models that represent the desired societal outcomes associated with distributed infrastructure systems remain nascent, primarily because most urban modeling platforms are dominated by centralized infrastructure design. Mature or high performing models of urban distributed infrastructure and associated societal outcomes are now necessary, as moves toward infrastructure decentralization and localization gain momentum.

The network’s modeling efforts are focused on exploring the synergies and tradeoffs in environment, health and well-being outcomes associated with infrastructure transitions, which may vary substantially across different city types and policy regimes.


Distributed Electricity-Based Heating Systems and Renewable Energy Scenario Planning

  • April 2019
  • Journal Brief
  • Author: Multiple

As residential heating converts from natural gas-based to electricity-based systems, can enough renewable energy be generated locally to meet most, if not all, of increased electricity demand? This study uses … Read more

Future Energy Scenarios with Distributed Technology Options for Residential City Blocks in Three Climate Regions of the United States

  • February 2019
  • Peer-Reviewed Articles
  • Author: Multiple

Yuan, S., Stainsby, W., Li, M., Xu, K., Waite, M., Zimmerle, D., Feiock, R.,  Ramaswami, A., & Modi, V. (2019). Future energy scenarios with distributed technology options for residential city blocks … Read more

All-city Carbon Emissions: Understanding City Types and Impact

  • February 2018
  • Podcast
  • Author: Anu Ramaswami

It is common practice to consider the carbon emissions of single cities. But what happens when you analyze carbon emissions for all cities in a country using nationally aligned data? … Read more

Regional Modeling of Shared Autonomous Vehicle Travel Patterns, Preferences and Impacts

  • August 2017
  • Journal Brief
  • Author: Multiple

How does a system of shared autonomous vehicles (SAVs) perform in a metropolitan region when modeled to mimic real-world daily travel behaviors? Will SAVs return sustainability gains for metropolitan regions … Read more

Current and near-term GHG emissions factors from electricity production for New York State and New York City

  • February 2017
  • Peer-Reviewed Articles
  • Author: Multiple

Howard, B., Waite, M., & Modi, V. (2017). “Current and near-term GHG emissions factors from electricity production for New York State and New York City”. Applied Energy, 187, 255-271. ABSTRACT: This paper reports … Read more

Meta-principles for developing smart, sustainable, and healthy cities

  • May 2016
  • Peer-Reviewed Articles
  • Author: Multiple

  Ramaswami, A., Russell, A. G., Culligan, P. J., Sharma, K. R., & Kumar, E. (2016). “Meta-principles for developing smart, sustainable, and healthy cities”. Science, 352(6288), 940-943. ABSTRACT: Policy directives in several nations … Read more

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