The Shared Socioeconomic Pathways (SSPs) - a new scenario framework to provide key narratives for different climate futures
Alex studied Geography in Berlin and Climate Science in Bern. Before starting his PhD project in Melbourne he worked at the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Working Group I Technical Support Unit during the Fifth Assessment cycle. Alex draws on his work experience to develop research questions related to changes in climate systems that potentially have severe societal consequences. He hopes to contribute to a better understanding of the physical implications of different climate futures. For his doctorate, Alex is synthesizing knowledge about multi-centennial sea level rise projections.
Zebedee is a world-leading expert in reduced complexity climate model development. He is the only researcher to have contributed heavily to the development of both MAGICC and FaIR, the two reduced complexity climate models used for emissions scenario assessment in the IPCC’s Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5°C. Alongside Malte, he leads the Reduced Complexity Model Intercomparison Project (RCMIP), which performs standardised evaluation of reduced complexity climate models (see rcmip.org). He also led the development of a common resource for reduced complexity model calibration data based on ESM output (cmip6.science.unimelb.edu.au) and helped create the input greenhouse gas datasets for CMIP6’s future scenario experiments (greenhousegases.science.unimelb.edu.au). Before his PhD, Zebedee completed his undergraduate Masters course in Physics at St.John’s College, University of Oxford. Beyond his PhD and Climate Resource work, Zebedee is also a Contributing Author to Chapter 1 of Working Group 1 of the forthcoming IPCC Sixth Assessment Report.