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Title: A new scenario framework for climate change research: The concept of Shared Climate Policy Assumptions

The paper presents the concept of shared climate policy assumptions as an important element of the new scenario framework. Shared climate policy assumptions capture key climate policy dimensions such as the type and scale of mitigation and adaptation measures. They are not specified in the socio-economic reference pathways, and therefore introduce an important third dimension to the scenario matrix architecture. Climate policy assumptions will have to be made in any climate policy scenario, and can have a significant impact on the scenario description. We conclude that a meaningful set of shared climate policy assumptions is useful for grouping individual climate policy analyses and facilitating their comparison. Shared climate policy assumptions should be designed to be policy relevant, and as a set to be broad enough to allow a comprehensive exploration of the climate change scenario space.
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Journal Name: Climatic Change, 122(3):401-414
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Pacific Northwest National Lab. (PNNL), Richland, WA (United States)
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United States
SSP; shared socioeconomic pathways; scenarios; climate change