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The DIAMOND concept can essentially be broken down into five highly integrated sets of activities:

CODESIGN

This component will establish, operationalise, and manage a co-creation mechanism that will drive all model developments as well as scenario exercises in the project. This mechanism, actively placing actors from all relevant stakeholder groups at the heart of the project, will help form mutual understanding toward co-producing and therefore co-owning models and knowledge.

UPDATE & UPGRADE

Here, six IAMs that are emblematic in scientific and policy processes as well as in capacity development activities of leading international organisations will be opened and advanced in terms of sectoral and technological detail, spatial and temporal resolution, and geographic granularity. Six IAM super-groups will use the co-produced requirements and coordinate with one another toward upgradingā€”as well as updating and harmonising the parameters of them.

INTEGRATE & EXPAND

With a view to achieving a sustainable balance between model complexity on the one hand and usability/comprehension of results on the other, creating the next generation of IAM capabilities must go beyond advancements on the models themselves. This interdisciplinary block of activities will create linkages of the six enhanced IAMs with other models, tools, and theories from modelling science as well as social sciences and humanities, to expand the IAM feasibility space to enable to adequately address aspects of behaviour, finance, labour, equity, physical impacts, biodiversity, and broader sustainability within and around mitigation.

APPLY & EXPLORE

This block applies the co-produced model enhancements and linkages to explore questions driven by scientific and policy needs as well as engaged stakeholders. It first creates a scenario definition space that acknowledges the progress made in modelling science before understanding the outstanding research gaps. Based on this space, it explores mitigation in conjunction with broader sustainable development perspectives, as well as with physical impacts and adaptation, and carries out systematic assessments of disruptive events. It seeks to stretch the frontiers of climate-economy modelling science, by exploring mitigation vis-a-vis circularity performance, labour and finance dynamics, societal transformations, and alternative economic paradigms, and by providing a novel risk framing of the produced scenarios.

OPEN

This component will establish new business models for IAM transparency and openness as well as govern IAM development, integration, and application using these models. It includes diagnostics and evaluation protocols, development pipelines, user-tailored libraries and data explorers in the I2AM PARIS platform, and FAIR data management. Notably, this block also creates and sustains communities of practice for all six IAMs, leveraging participation in relevant networks and consortia as well as already established communities underlying their development and use, thereby enhancing the openness, transparency, sustainability, usability, ownership, and relevance of the advanced IAMs and scenarios produced in the project.

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