Climate Change ScENario SErviceS: Mapping the future

Lead PI Kriegler Elmar, Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research, Germany

Partner PIs

  • Müller Boris, University of Applied Sciences Potsdam, Germany
  • Krey Volker, International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis, Austria
  • Kok Kasper, Wageningen University, The Netherlands
  • Carlsen Henrik, Stockholm Environment Institute, Sweden


Funding agencies  DLR, BMWFW, NWO, FORMAS


The project aims at the development of tools and techniques to make the new generation of global climate change scenarios accessible to multiple and diverse user groups of climate change information. While climate change scenarios provide the foundation for an integrated approach to assessing climate change impacts, adaptation and mitigation, their main implications for society, business and climate policy making are often not well understood beyond the scientific expert groups. To overcome this barrier, the project will develop techniques for the co-production of scenario knowledge for dedicated user groups and invest in the co-design of user-centred scenario visualization tools. Three key user groups are targeted: national and international climate policy makers, regional climate change scenario users, and businesses with a long term planning horizon. The developed co-production techniques and visualization tools will be integrated into a climate change scenario toolkit to translate complex scientific scenario information into relevant knowledge for these user groups enabling them to gain relevant insights into adaptation to climate change, mitigation of climate change and residual climate impacts. In order to tackle this challenge, the project will bring together climate scenario researchers, communication and design specialists and representatives of the climate policy making and international business communities as well as regional stakeholders in two case studies located in the Netherlands and East Africa.