Special Issue on the Shared Socioeconomic Pathways (SSPs)
A Special Issue of Climatic Change journal on the Framework for the Development of New Socioeconomic Scenarios for Climate Change Research
Edited by Nebojsa Nakicenovic, Robert Lempert, and Anthony Janetos.
A 2013 special issue in the journal Climatic Change describes the theoretical framework for the development of the new socioeconomic scenarios for climate change research. This framework was developed during a series of workshops and meetings of both the Integrated Assessment Modeling (IAM) and the Impacts, Adaptation and Vulnerability (IAV) communities. More information on the process for developing new scenarios can be found here.
The first four papers in the special issue describe the theoretical framework itself and describe the process, the scenarios matrix architecture, the Shared Socioeconomic Pathways (SSPs), and Shared Policy Assumptions (SPAs). The other papers discuss specific aspects of the framework. This includes the consistency of the new SSPs with past scenarios, the internal consistency of the SSPs, making the new SSPs more useful to different user communities, and discussing the new concepts in the framework.
N. Nakicenovic, R. Lempert and A.C. Janetos, 2013. A Framework for the Development of New Socio-economic Scenarios for Climate Change Research: Introductory Essay. Climatic Change.
Kriegler, E., Edmonds, J., Hallegatte, S., Ebi, K., Kram, T., Riahi, K., Winkler, H., Van Vuuren, D.P., 2013. A new scenario framework for climate change research: The concept of Shared Climate Policy Assumptions. Climatic Change, doi:10.1007/s10584-013-0971-5.