World Climate Simulation

April 21, 2018
1:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Iowa City Public Library, 123 S. Linn Street

In celebration of Earth Week, the Public Policy Center hosted a World Climate Simulation. The World Climate Simulation is a role-playing exercise of the UN climate change negotiations for groups. It is unique in that it uses an interactive computer model to rapidly analyze the results of the mock-negotiations during the event.

Audience members participated in the negotiations and were assigned to one of six delegations. The goal of the negotiations was to propose policies that would reduce carbon emissions and prevent ocean temperatures from rising more than 2 degrees Celsius, the goal of the Paris Agreement. Although the group ultimately fell short of the goal, they came within one degree.

The event was free and open to the public.

Film Credit: "World Climate Simulation" by City Channel 4 (Iowa City), "World Climate 2018" by Olivia Sun, Public Policy Center, "World Climate Preview" by Climate Interactive   


UI Center for Human Rights, and the International & Comparative Law Program


  Sustainable Water Development Program





The Forkenbrock Series provides a forum for dialogue about policy areas from applied, academic, and interdisciplinary perspectives. The series was established in honor of David Forkenbrock, a nationally recognized transportation researcher. Dr. Forkenbrock established the Public Policy Center at the University of Iowa in 1987 and directed the Center until 2007. His vision was to enable public and private sector decision makers to work with faculty, staff, and student researchers to explore solutions to complex problems related to the public interest.
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