Journal article

Multi-gas emissions pathways to meet climate targets

Malte Meinshausen, Bill Hare, Tom ML Wigley, Detlef Van Vuuren, Michel GJ Den Elzen, Rob Swart

CLIMATIC CHANGE | SPRINGER | Published : 2006

Abstract

So far, climate change mitigation pathways focus mostly on CO2 and a limited number of climate targets. Comprehensive studies of emission implications have been hindered by the absence of a flexible method to generate multi-gas emissions pathways, user-definable in shape and the climate target. The presented method 'Equal Quantile Walk' (EQW) is intended to fill this gap, building upon and complementing existing multi-gas emission scenarios. The EQW method generates new mitigation pathways by 'walking along equal quantile paths' of the emission distributions derived from existing multi-gas IPCC baseline and stabilization scenarios. Considered emissions include those of CO2 and all other majo..

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