Extending the Shared Socioeconomic Pathways for Impacts, Adaptation, and Vulnerability research

Organizers: Lena Reimann (University of Kiel), Athanasios T. Vafeidis (University of Kiel), Bryan Jones (CUNY)


The Shared Socioeconomic Pathways (SSPs) are becoming the current standard in climate change Impacts, Adaptation, and Vulnerability (IAV) research. In order to enhance their relevance for IAV assessments, recent studies have extended the SSPs, both qualitatively and quantitatively, with the aim to increase their contextual and spatial detail. Such studies include extensions on regional scale (e.g. Europe, the Mediterranean, U.S. Southeast), national scale (e.g. Scotland, Hungary), and extensions focusing on specific sectors (e.g. health, coasts). Additionally, spatially explicit projections, e.g. for population, GDP, and age have been produced based on interpreting the qualitative information of the SSP narratives.
This research session will include five oral presentations that aim to increase the spatial and contextual detail of the SSPs. We welcome contributions focusing on methods used to develop extended narratives and projections as well as on methods for quantifying narratives to produce spatial projections of important IAV variables such as population, GDP, age, or education. We also welcome studies employing extended SSPs for assessing impacts, adaptation and/or vulnerability to climate change-related hazards as well as comparisons between extended and basic SSPs. We would particularly like to encourage contributions from a diverse range of disciplines, and from interdisciplinary applications, bridging the social and natural sciences.