Joint IPCC Workshop of Working Group III and II on Socioeconomic Scenarios for Climate Change Impact and Response Assessments (WoSES)
On November 1st, 70 internationally renowned experts meet in Berlin, Germany, for a three day workshop. The workshop is organized by Working Groups III and II of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) to facilitate the further development of scenarios by the scientific community.
The objective of the workshop is to develop a framework of socioeconomic scenarios to be used by the different scientific communities working on climate change impacts and on options for adaptation to and mitigation of climate change. These scenarios will build on the previously developed trajectories for future climate forcing through greenhouse gases. These so called Representative Concentration Pathways are the new standard used in climate modeling.
A coherent set of socioeconomic scenarios will allow the scientific communities involved to start from the same assumptions and by that to design more coherent studies. This will provide the IPCC with a basis for consistent assessments of climate change impacts and options for adaptation and mitigation of climate change in its Fifth Assessment Report (AR5), to be published in 2014.
The scientists attending the workshop have been nominated by the governments constituting the Plenary of the IPCC and have been selected by the IPCC Working Groups.
Background and supporting material
Developing new scenarios as a common thread for future climate research
by Detlef van Vuuren, Keywan Riahi, Richard Moss, Jae Edmonds, Allison Thomson, Nebosja Nakicenovic, Tom Kram, Frans Berkhout, Rob Swart, Anthony Janetos, Steve Rose and Nigel Arnell
Socio-economic Scenario Development for Climate Change Analysis
WORKING PAPER by Elmar Kriegler, Brian O’Neill, Stephane Hallegatte, Tom Kram, Robert Lempert, Richard Moss, Thomas Wilbanks
IPCC Working Group II information on the workshop: