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Enhancing the relevance of Shared Socioeconomic Pathways for climate change impacts, adaptation and vulnerability research
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2014 (English)In: Climatic Change, ISSN 0165-0009, E-ISSN 1573-1480, Vol. 122, no 3, 481-494 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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This paper discusses the role and relevance of the shared socioeconomic pathways (SSPs) and the new scenarios that combine SSPs with representative concentration pathways (RCPs) for climate change impacts, adaptation, and vulnerability (IAV) research. It first provides an overview of uses of social–environmental scenarios in IAV studies and identifies the main shortcomings of earlier such scenarios. Second, the paper elaborates on two aspects of the SSPs and new scenarios that would improve their usefulness for IAV studies compared to earlier scenario sets: (i) enhancing their applicability while retaining coherence across spatial scales, and (ii) adding indicators of importance for projecting vulnerability. The paper therefore presents an agenda for future research, recommending that SSPs incorporate not only the standard variables of population and gross domestic product, but also indicators such as income distribution, spatial population, human health and governance.

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2014. Vol. 122, no 3, 481-494 p.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-111347DOI: 10.1007/s10584-013-0931-0OAI: diva2:775319

This article is part of the Special Issue on “A Framework for the Development of New Socio-economic Scenarios for Climate Change Research” edited by Nebojsa Nakicenovic, Robert Lempert, and Anthony Janetos

Available from: 2015-01-01 Created: 2015-01-01 Last updated: 2015-05-07Bibliographically approved

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