Representative Concentration Pathways - RCP (2009)

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Application type: 2. Topical or sectoral assessment
Role of IMAGE framework: IMAGE was used to develop RCP2.6 and in coordinated work related to the overall development of the RCPs.
Summary: In May 2007 the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) ask the international scientific community to develop a new set of climate scenarios for the IPCC Fifth Assessment Report (AR5), expected to be published in 2013/2014. Four RCPs based on different radiative forcing levels were chosen from the literature. The RCP database, which documents the emissions, concentrations, and land-cover change projections based on these four RCPs, is intended to provide input to climate models. They will also facilitate and expedite future climate change assessments across the integrated assessment community.
Partner(s): IIASA
Key publication(s): Van Vuuren et al., 2012
Referred by: Atmospheric composition and climate