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CD-LINKS Scenario Explorer and Data hosted by IIASA

CD-LINKS consortium

This scenario set of consistent national and global low-carbon development pathways, developed as part of the CD-LINKS project, takes current national policies and the Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) as an entry point for short-term climate action, then transitioning to the long-term temperature goals of 1.5 and 2°C as defined by the Paris Agreement. The scenarios explore the complex interplay between climate action and development, while simultaneously taking both global and national perspectives and thereby informing the design of complementary climate-development policies. The CD-LINKS consortium brought together national and global integrated assessment modeling teams from Europe, China, India, Brazil, Russia, Japan and the USA as well as domain experts in the areas of human development, climate adaptation, economics, energy geopolitics, atmospheric chemistry, human health, land use, agriculture, and water.

The data is available for download at the CD-LINKS Scenario Explorer. The license permits use of the scenario ensemble for scientific research and science communication, but restricts redistribution of substantial parts of the data. Please refer to the FAQ and legal code for more information.

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You may request access to the files in this upload, provided that you fulfil the conditions below. The decision whether to grant/deny access is solely under the responsibility of the record owner.


We are committed to making the scenario ensemble available as widely as possible, and to encourage broad use of the data for research, science communication and policy analysis in the context of CD-LINKS project. We want to facilitate the dialogue on pathways at the interface between science and policy, and we aim to support a better understanding of the scientific basis of the CD-LINKS project by releasing this scenario ensemble.

Nevertheless, a series of updates of the scenario ensemble is planned to be released, comprising both additional variables for existing scenarios and new scenarios from a range of national and global models. In addition, in case we identify reporting issues after the initial release we would like to notify users about these issues and notify them about the corrections. While we did take the utmost care to validate all submitted data, such issues can never be fully avoided.

For this reason, we request that downloads of scenario data are routed through the CD-LINKS Scenario Explorer, unless the data is made available in relation to a specific figure or table in a publication or online visualization tool, for example as supplementary material to a manuscript published in a scientific journal.

Please refer to the FAQ and legal code for more information.


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