11 March 2019 - 13 March 2019
University of Denver, Colorado, USA

Forum on Scenarios for Climate and Societal Futures

The Scenarios Forum is open to anyone using, developing, or interested in scenarios to carry out research or policy analysis related to climate change and sustainability.

© University of Denver

© University of Denver

A rapidly expanding set of activities is extending and applying the new framework on integrated climate change scenarios.

Researchers are using Shared Socioeconomic Pathways (SSPs), Representative Concentration Pathways (RCPs), and other approaches to characterize future societal and environmental conditions to investigate global change issues, including the Sustainable Development Goals.

The Scenarios Forum brings together a diverse set of communities working with the new framework to share their experiences, progress, and plans. By taking stock of progress and facilitating scenario-related research, this meeting will inform the use of scenarios in the IPCC Sixth Assessment Report (AR6) and help ensure a research base sufficient to inform future assessments and policy initiatives.

The Forum is presented by the International Committee on New Integrated Climate Change Assessment Scenarios (ICONICS) and the Pardee Center for International Futures at the University of Denver.

IIASA has a longstanding history in developing and using scenarios for climate change and sustainability. The institute played a central role in the development of the Scenarios Framework and co-coordinated the quantification of the Shared Socioeconomic Pathways (SSPs). IIASA-ENE hosts the community databases for the Shared Socioeconomic Pathways (SSPs) and Representative Concentration Pathways (RCPs) in collaboration with the Integrated Assessment Modelling Consortium. 

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Bas van Ruijven

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Keywan Riahi

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