pyam: Analysis and visualisation of integrated assessment and macro-energy scenarios

Huppmann, D. ORCID:, Gidden, M. ORCID:, Nicholls, Z., Hörsch, J., Lamboll, R., Kishimoto, P. ORCID:, Burandt, T., Fricko, O. ORCID:, et al. (2021). pyam: Analysis and visualisation of integrated assessment and macro-energy scenarios. Open Research Europe 1 e74. 10.12688/openreseurope.13633.1.

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Project: Open ENergy TRansition ANalyses for a low-carbon Economy (Open ENTRANCE, H2020 835896), Next generation of AdVanced InteGrated Assessment modelling to support climaTE policy making (NAVIGATE, H2020 821124), Exploring National and Global Actions to reduce Greenhouse gas Emissions (ENGAGE, H2020 821471)


The open-source Python package pyam provides a suite of features and methods for the analysis, validation and visualization of reference data and scenario results generated by integrated assessment models, macro-energy tools and other frameworks in the domain of energy transition, climate change mitigation and sustainable development. It bridges the gap between scenario processing and visualisation solutions that are "hard-wired" to specific modelling frameworks and generic data analysis or plotting packages.

The package aims to facilitate reproducibility and reliability of scenario processing, validation and analysis by providing well-tested and documented methods for timeseries aggregation, downscaling and unit conversion. It supports various data formats, including sub-annual resolution using continuous time representation and "representative timeslices". The code base is implemented following best practices of collaborative scientific-software development. This manuscript describes the design principles of the package and the types of data which can be handled. The usefulness of pyam is illustrated by highlighting several recent applications.

Item Type: Article
Research Programs: Energy, Climate, and Environment (ECE)
Energy, Climate, and Environment (ECE) > Integrated Assessment and Climate Change (IACC)
Energy, Climate, and Environment (ECE) > Sustainable Service Systems (S3)
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Depositing User: Luke Kirwan
Date Deposited: 05 Jul 2021 10:37
Last Modified: 27 Aug 2021 17:34

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