Uncertainty in Socioeconomic Pathways and Their Implications for Climate Forcing and Analysis—the Shared Socioeconomic Scenarios (SSPs)

Thursday, 18 December 2014: 2:00 PM
James Edmonds, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Richland, WA, United States
The Representative Concentration Pathways (RCPs; Moss, et al., 2010; van Vuuren, et al., 2011) were designed to span the range of anthropogenic climate forcing that existed in the literature. While these scenarios serve to reflect uncertainty in the domain of climate forcing, they are far less useful in exploring the range of potential future socioeconomic developments that might be experienced, and which might form the background from which climate forcing might emerge and against which climate impacts and adaptation might be experienced. A set of “Shared Socioeconomic Pathways” (SSPs) have been proposed, Ebi, et al., (2015), to address this deficiency. This architecture is being implemented in quantitative scenarios of human energy, economic, and land systems by researchers. This presentation provides an update on community quantitative implementation of the SSPs.


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