Dr Kishore Dhavala, post doctoral researcher at the Basque Centre for Climate Change (BC3) in Spain presented a seminar at CEEW on the 27th of Feb 2014. The presentation was focused on the recent integrated assessment modeling research work BC3 has been developing. The presentation started with a brief about BC3, which is a leading global research organization doing high impact and high quality research in the domain of climate change. This was followed by a discussion on the new ‘shared socio-economic pathways (SSPs)' and 'representative concentration pathways (RCPs)' being developed by the scientific community for Inter-Governmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).
Dr Dhavala then presented and discussed the SSP scenario and RCP scenario that have been chosen by BC3 for implementation in their integrated assessment modeling work using the Global Change Assessment Model (GCAM). Finally key results in terms of global and regional energy and emission pathways, implications of the climate policy, etc. were discussed.
The presentation was very useful in giving a perspective of global energy and climate research and the importance of long term integrated assessment modeling for informing policy makers.