Nils Johnson

Nils Johnson’s main research interest is spatially-explicit modeling of sustainable energy transitions under long-term socio-economic and climatic change. His research combines techno-economic analysis, optimization, and geographic information systems (GIS) to explore how energy systems will need to transform to both mitigate and adapt to climate change. He has extensive experience with both spatially-explicit and global energy systems modeling and is currently developing a next-generation spatially-explicit energy systems model for evaluating how fine resolution phenomena, such as water resource constraints, might impact long-term energy transitions. He is one of the chief architects of the Integrated Solutions for Water, Energy, and Land (IS-WEL) project and is leading the development of the energy module of a new nexus assessment framework for identifying sustainable solutions for meeting the future water, energy, and land demands of both human and natural systems.

Dr. Johnson graduated with a doctorate in transportation technology and policy from the University of California, Davis (USA), Institute of Transportation Studies, in 2012. He also holds a Master of Forestry and Master of Environmental Management from the Nicholas School of the Environment at Duke University (USA), where he specialized in landscape ecology and geographic information systems (GIS).

The Low-Carbon Energy System Transition Under Alternative Storage And Hydrogen Cost Projections

As the costs of wind and solar technologies plummet and global climate change consensus grows, wind and solar development pipelines have ballooned. Analyses of future energy systems indicate that wind and solar energy could account for 35-65% of total electricity […]