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MimiRICE2010.jl - a julia implementation of the RICE 2010 model

Project Status: Active - The project has reached a stable, usable state and is being actively developed. codecov

This is an implementation of the RICE-2010 model in the julia programming language. It was created by recoding the Excel version of the model in julia. This julia version was created by David Anthoff and Frank Errickson. Bill Nordhaus was not involved in creating this julia version of RICE, has not endorsed it and it is no way responsible for any errors it might contain.

MimiRICE2010.jl is based on the version of RICE-2010 that can be downloaded here. It uses the Mimi framework for integrated assessment models.

Software requirements

You need to install julia 1.1 or newer to run this model.

Preparing the software environment

You first need to connect your julia installation with the central Mimi registry of Mimi models. This central registry is like a catalogue of models that use Mimi that is maintained by the Mimi project. To add this registry, run the following command at the julia package REPL:

pkg> registry add

You only need to run this command once on a computer.

The next step is to install MimiRICE2010.jl itself. You need to run the following command at the julia package REPL:

pkg> add MimiRICE2010

You probably also want to install the Mimi package into your julia environment, so that you can use some of the tools in there:

pkg> add Mimi

Running the model

The model uses the Mimi framework and it is highly recommended to read the Mimi documentation first to understand the code structure. For starter code on running the model just once, see the code in the file examples/main.jl.

The basic way to access a copy of the default MimiRICE2010 model is the following:

using MimiRICE2010

m = MimiRICE2010.get_model()

Calculating the Social Cost of Carbon

Here is an example of computing the social cost of carbon with MimiRICE2010. Note that the units of the returned value are dollars $/ton CO2.

using Mimi
using MimiRICE2010

# Get the social cost of carbon in year 2015 from the default MimiRICE2010 model:
scc = MimiRICE2010.compute_scc(year = 2015)

# You can also compute the SCC from a modified version of a MimiRICE2010 model:
m = MimiRICE2010.get_model()    # Get the default version of the MimiRICE2010 model
update_param!(m, :t2xco2, 5)    # Try a higher climate sensitivity value
scc = MimiRICE2010.compute_scc(m, year=2015)    # compute the scc from the modified model by passing it as the first argument to compute_scc

The first argument to the compute_scc function is a MimiRICE2010 model, and it is an optional argument. If no model is provided, the default MimiRICE2010 model will be used. There are also other keyword arguments available to compute_scc. Note that the user must specify a year for the SCC calculation, but the rest of the keyword arguments have default values.

compute_scc(m = get_model(),  # if no model provided, will use the default MimiRICE2010 model
    year = nothing,  # user must specify an emission year for the SCC calculation
    last_year = 2595,  # the last year to run and use for the SCC calculation. Default is the last year of the time dimension, 2595.
    prtp = 0.03,  # pure rate of time preference parameter used for constant discounting

There is an additional function for computing the SCC that also returns the MarginalModel that was used to compute it. It returns these two values as a NamedTuple of the form (scc=scc, mm=mm). The same keyword arguments from the compute_scc function are available for the compute_scc_mm function. Example:

using Mimi
using MimiRICE2010

result = MimiRICE2010.compute_scc_mm(year=2025, last_year=2295, prtp=0.025)

result.scc  # returns the computed SCC value   # returns the Mimi MarginalModel

marginal_temp =[:climatedynamics, :TATM]  # marginal results from the marginal model can be accessed like this

Known issues

  • Atmospheric CO2 concentrations in the years 2005 and 2015 are fixed in the Excel original. Emissions in the year 2005 therefore don't have any effect on CO2 concentrations in the model (emissions in the year 2015 affect concentrations in the year 2025). MimiRICE2010 matches the Excel version in this behaviour.
  • MimiRICE2010.jl does not provide any optimization routines, it purely replicates the RICE-2010 baseline run.
  • The marginal damage calculation in src/marginaldamage.jl is not based on the original Excel version of RICE.


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