Past AGS projects

Primary Research Areas and Projects

Water and Agriculture

  1. Sustainable Water Management and Agricultural Production in Arid and Semi-Arid Regions
  2. Sustainable Strategies for Managing Agricultural Water Resources in the Presence of Uncertainty
  3. New Technologies for Assessing the Sustainability of Agriculture in Developing Countries
  4. Regional Sustainability: Its Consequences for the Use of Resources and for Human Health
  5. Sustainable Water Management: A Comparative Watershed Analysis
  6. Water For Life: An AV-Production about the Sustainable Use of Our Water Resources
  7. Water-Centered Primary Environmental and Health Care in Bangladesh
  8. Sustainable Water Supply System in Arsenic Affected Asian Environment
  9. Ecological, Agricultural Implications of Innovative Cultivation Systems
  10. Precision Management of Small Cereal Fields for Sustainability
  11. Yellow Dust: Integrative Model Approaches
  12. An Integrated Analysis of Water Scarcity, Food Security, and Environmental Sustainability for Policy Development
  13. Academic Collaboration for Water Development and Sustainable Environment in the Greater Mekong Subregion


  1. Sustainable Electric Strategies for the 21st Century
  2. Strategic Electric Sector Assessment Methodology Under Uncertain Conditions (SESAMS)
  3. SESAMS Romania
  4. Energy Use and Well-Being in India
  5. Clean and Efficient Utilization of Coal in China: Environmental Aid and Coal Combustion
  6. Clean and Efficient Utilization of Coal in China: Environmental Aid and Coal Combustion — Phase II
  7. Technology-Energy-Environment-Health (TEEH) Chain in China’s Household Sector
  8. Technology-Energy-Environment-Health (TEEH) Chain in China’s Household and Township and Village Enterprise Sectors
  9. Alternative Energy-Efficient and Low Pollution Technologies for Township and Village Enterprises (TVEs) in China
  10. Energy-Efficient and Low Pollution Technologies for Township And Village Enterprises (TVEs) in China — Phase II
  11. Training for Energy-Efficient and Low-Pollution Technologies in China
  12. Multidisciplinary Research on Energy-Efficient and Low Pollution Technologies in China: Extending the Supply Chain by Region and Sector
  13. Improving Sustainability in Heavy-Polluting Sectors in China — A Regional Analysis in Shanxi and Liaoning Provinces
  14. Sustainable Buildings for the 21st Century — An Integrated Perspective
  15. Sustainable Buildings for the 21st Century
  16. Large Scale Demonstration of Sustainable Buildings for Chinese Urban Housing
  17. Sustainable Buildings in Developing Countries: Design Tools, Evaluation and Building Standards for Chinese Residential Buildings
  18. Energy Consumption Indicators and Energy Conservation Policies: The Indicator Project
  19. Energy Consumption Indicators as Indicators Of Sustainability: The Indicator Project
  20. Energy Consumption as an Indicator Of Sustainability
  21. Development of Decision Framework for Energy Choices Consortium
  22. China Energy Technology Program (CETP)
  23. Biomass and Waste as Renewable Fuels for Processes and Transportation
  24. Isolated Rural Distribution Networks with a Large Penetration of Renewable Sources
  25. Bridges to Sustainable Futures: An International Research Partnership to Study Social and Political Aspects of Carbon Capture and Storage Technologies


  1. Mobility in a CO2-Constrained World
  2. Background Systems and New Technologies that Make Urban Transportation Work
  3. The Future of Mobility: New Technologies and Policies Shaping the Transportation Supply and Demand
  4. The Role of Innovative Technology for Promoting Sustainable Mobility
  5. Fundamental Patterns of Travel Behavior and Their Policy Implications for Land-Use, Congestion, and Air Quality
  6. Case Studies of Urban Mobility: Zürich and Kunming
  7. Implications for Greenhouse Gas Emissions of Technological Learning in the Transport Sector


Cross-Cutting Areas of Research (Climate Change, Cleaner Technologies, Policy, Urban Systems, and Education)


Climate Change

  1. Global Climate Change: Modeling Atmosphere/Ocean Variability on Decadal Time Scales
  2. Predicting Sea-Level Changes Over the Next Century
  3. Using Global and Regional Models to Quantify the Uncertainties in Predictions of Sea-Level Changes Over the Next Century
  4. Climate Modeling at the AGS
  5. Origin and Potential Control of Air Pollution in the Kathmandu Valley
  6. Natural Hazards and Climate Change: The Case of Extreme Droughts and Floods
  7. Regional Climate and Air Quality
  8. Spectroscopic Approach Towards Local and Global Management of the Earth’s Atmosphere: Innovative Experimental Techniques and Theoretical Calculations for the Interpretation of Optical Remote Sensing Measurements and Radiative Transport Properties
  9. Development of Urban Air Monitoring Network in China Based on Differential Optical Absorption Spectroscopy, DOAS (China Sky)
  10. Effects of Increased UV-B Radiation and CDOM Photo-Oxidation on Phytoplankton Productivity and Community Structure in Freshwater Ecosystems

Cleaner Technologies

  1. Decision Support for Designing Eco-Effective Industrial Product Systems
  2. Decision Support for Planning Eco-Effective Product Systems
  3. A Framework for Holistic Life-Cycle Design: The Integration of Performance, Economic, Manufacturing and Environmental Measures
  4. Integrated Development of Chemical Processes: Design and Decision Tools
  5. Tools for Integrated Decision Making in the Chemical Industry
  6. Platinum Group Elements from Automobile Emission to Global Distribution
  7. Implications of Fuel Additives to Global Sustainability
  8. Integrating Sustainability Aspects into First Steps of Product Innovation: Training Courses in Decision Making and Planning
  9. Interaction of Processes in Clay-Sulfate Rocks and Soils
  10. New Materials for Sustainable Development


  1. Cross-National Variation of the Environmental Health and Safety Risks: Identifying Sources and Responding to Consequences
  2. More Sustainability by Means of Convergent Or Divergent Environmental Regulations? An Analysis of Region Specific, Sector Specific, and Institution Specific Aspect
  3. Corporate Strategy, Regulation and Global Competition
  4. Competitive Advantage Regulation and the Environment (CARE): Public Environmental Quality and Private Business Risk
  5. Underwriting Environmental Risk
  6. Incorporating Environmental Concerns in Lending Practices
  7. Regulatory Flexibility and Legitimacy
  8. Bringing Forth Sustainable Practices: An Institutional and Strategic Investigation
  9. The “Framing Project”: Multidimensional Approaches to Sustainability
  10. Breakthroughs in Sustainable Technology: Understanding the Dynamics of Success and Failure and Building Consensus on Experiments in Sustainable Technology Development
  11. Breakthroughs in Sustainable Technology: Understanding the Dynamics of Success and Failure and the Policy Measures That Facilitate Innovation
  12. Breakthroughs in the System of Sustainable Technologies, Actions, and Institutions: Understanding and Experimenting the Dynamics of Green Innovation
  13. Capacity Building in Industry for Sustainable Development: Focus on Knowledge-Sharing on Innovation and Technology
  14. The Value of Knowledge: Industry and Academic Collaborations for Sustainable Development
  15. Design, Monitoring and Maintenance for Sustainable Civil Infrastructure — Breaking the Infrastructure Cost Spiral
  16. North South Joint Ventures for Sustainable Financial Investments

Urban Systems

  1. Future Cities: Integrated Modeling of Energy, Mobility, and Building Technologies for Sustainable Urban Development with Emphasis on Reduced Greenhouse Gas Emissions (Tokyo Half Project)
  2. Future Cities: Towards Sustainable Cities
  3. Future Cities — Guangzhou: A Partnership for Urban Sustainability
  4. Future Cities — Guangzhou: A Partnership for Sustainable Urban and Regional Development in the Pearl River Delta
  5. Particulate Air Pollution in Megacities of the Developing World
  6. Optimization of Strategies for Air Pollution Reduction: Collaborative Field Measurements and Modeling in the Mexico City Metropolitan Area
  7. A Sustainability Collaboration Platform to Evaluate Energy, Mobility, and Building Technologies for a Sustainable Urban System (City Half Project)
  8. Designing, Implementing, and Measuring Sustainable Urban Development
  9. Living with Earthquakes: Incorporating Seismic Hazards Information into Strategies for Sustainable Development
  10. Information & Tools for Strategic Management of Megacities in the 21st Century


  1. An Educational Initiative for the AGS
  2. Education and Outreach for the AGS: Prolongation of the Activities of the TEE for 2001-02
  3. Delivering Research Results to the Educational Process: An Investigation of Approaches and Methodologies