The programming tool GAMS

GAMS is a widely used software for large, constrained optimisation problems. Most human decision making is based on optimisation, i.e. utility maximisation or cost minimisation. In environmental sciences, GAMS can be used to integrate the evolution and characteristics of natural resources with the development of human societies (“human dimension”). Particularly, one can estimate likely impacts of a changing environment on economic activities and assess the role of diverse adaptation and mitigation options. Frequently, GAMS based integrated assessment models are used to examine unprecedented scenarios and situations for which statistical methods are not suitable.


GAMS courses are usually offered twice a year and are instructed by Prof. Dr. Uwe A. Schneider.