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Background

The Forum on Scenarios for Climate and Societal Futures emerged from the process in the scientific community to develop integrated global, regional, and sectoral scenarios to facilitate interdisciplinary research and assessment across future climates as well as societies. This Scenarios Process is an open, community-wide process that involves a broad range of scenario developers and users.

The first Forum on Scenarios for Climate and Societal Futures was organized in Denver, Colorado, in 2019 and provided a key means of facilitating integration across the climate modeling, integrated assessment, and impacts, adaptation, and vulnerability communities, as well as with additional relevant research communities including future studies, development economics, and governance. The activities at the first Scenarios Forum were summarized in a Meeting Report (O’Neill at al, 2019). Based on the Scenarios Forum 2019, the state of the use of the Scenarios Framework was summarized and several next steps for the Scenario Process were identified, synthesized in a paper by O’Neill et al. (2020).

The Scenarios Forums are presented by the International Committee on New Integrated Climate Change Assessment Scenarios (ICONICS), who aims to organize and stimulate the Scenarios Process and to foster interaction across climate-related scientific disciplines. The ambition is to rotate the conferences geographically and between organizers from different scientific disciplines. The ICONICS Steering Committee has taken on the role to solicit and select conference organizers and assure that a Scenarios Forum is taking place every other year. The actual organization, specific focus, and details of each Scenarios Forum are in the hands of the conference organizer and their Scientific Steering Committee.

The Forum is presented by the International Committee on New Integrated Climate Change Assessment Scenarios (ICONICS) and hosted by the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) in partnership with IAMC.

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