An important, but not exclusive, focus of the meeting will be the ongoing process of developing, updating and using the so-called “scenarios framework” for fostering integrated climate change and sustainability research. As part of that framework, a new set of societal futures, the Shared Socioeconomic Pathways (SSPs), has been developed and used by integrated assessment models to produce global energy, land use, and emissions scenarios based on them. Climate models, mainly through CMIP6 ScenarioMIP, have simulated alternative climate outcomes driven by those emission – and derived concentration – scenarios, which add and in some cases update the CMIP5 simulations driven by the older Representative Concentration Pathways (RCPs).


The Scenarios Forum will be taking place as an in-person and partly online conference at the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA)  and Laxenburg Conference Center in Laxenburg, Austria


The Scenarios Forum team will adhere to Austrian law to ensure the safety of its attendees. The team will closely monitor any changes to the public health orders and guidelines to comply with during the conference and communicate this transparently to all attendees. For more information on our COVID-19 prevention measures, please visit our page.