Assessing the impacts of 1.5  °C global warming – simulation protocol of the Inter-Sectoral Impact Model Intercomparison Project (ISIMIP2b)

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Frieler, Katja ; Betts, Richard ; Burke, Eleanor ; Ciais, Philippe ; Denvil, Sebastien ; Deryng, Delphine ; Ebi, Kristie ; Eddy, Tyler ; Emanuel, Kerry ; Elliott, Joshua ; Galbraith, Eric ; Gosling, Simon N. ; Halladay, Kate ; Hattermann, Fred ; Hickler, Thomas ; Hinkel, Jochen ; Huber, Veronika ; Jones, Chris ; Krysanova, Valentina ; Lange, Stefan ; Lotze, Heike K. ; Lotze-Campen, Hermann ; Mengel, Matthias ; Mouratiadou, Ioanna ; Müller Schmied, Hannes ; Ostberg, Sebastian ; Piontek, Franziska ; Popp, Alexander ; Reyer, Christopher P. O. ; Schewe, Jacob ... view all 39 authors (2016)

In Paris, France, December 2015, the Conference of the Parties (COP) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) invited the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) to provide a "special report in 2018 on the impacts of global warming of 1.5 °C above pre-industrial levels and related global greenhouse gas emission pathways". In Nairobi, Kenya, April 2016, the IPCC panel accepted the invitation. Here we describe the response devised within the Inter-Sectoral Impact Model Intercomparison Project (ISIMIP) to provide tailored, cross-sectorally consistent impacts projections. The simulation protocol is designed to allow for (1) separation of the impacts of historical warming starting from pre-industrial conditions from other human drivers such as historical land-use changes (based on pre-industrial and historical impact model simulations); (2) quantification of the effects of additional warming up to 1.5 °C, including a potential overshoot and long-term effects up to 2299, compared to a no-mitigation scenario (based on the low-emissions Representative Concentration Pathway RCP2.6 and a no-mitigation pathway RCP6.0) with socio-economic conditions fixed at 2005 levels; and (3) assessment of the climate effects based on the same climate scenarios but accounting for simultaneous changes in socio-economic conditions following the middle-of-the-road Shared Socioeconomic Pathway (SSP2, Fricko et al., 2016) and differential bio-energy requirements associated with the transformation of the energy system to comply with RCP2.6 compared to RCP6.0. With the aim of providing the scientific basis for an aggregation of impacts across sectors and analysis of cross-sectoral interactions that may dampen or amplify sectoral impacts, the protocol is designed to facilitate consistent impacts projections from a range of impact models across different sectors (global and regional hydrology, global crops, global vegetation, regional forests, global and regional marine ecosystems and fisheries, global and regional coastal infrastructure, energy supply and demand, health, and tropical cyclones).
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