News & Views


A few scenarios still do not fit all

For integrated climate change research, the Scenario Matrix Architecture provides a tractable menu of possible emissions trajectories, socio-economic futures and policy environments. However, the future of decision support may lie in searchable databases.

  • Subscribe to Nature Climate Change for full access:



Additional access options:

Already a subscriber?  Log in  now or  Register  for online access.


  1. 1.

    Lamontagne, J. R. et al. Earth’s Future (2018).

  2. 2.

    van Vuuren, D. P. et al. Climatic Change 122, 373–386 (2014).

  3. 3.

    van Vuuren, D. P. et al. Climatic Change 109, 5–31 (2011).

  4. 4.

    Riahi, K. et al. Glob. Environ. Change 42, 153–168 (2017).

  5. 5.

    Kriegler, E. et al. Climatic Change 122, 401–414 (2014).

  6. 6.

    Bryant, B. P. & Lempert, R. J. Technol. Forecast. Soc. Change 77, 34–49 (2010).

Download references

Author information


  1. Department of Knowledge Integration, University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada

    • Vanessa Schweizer


  1. Search for Vanessa Schweizer in:

Competing interests

The author declares no competing interests.

Corresponding author

Correspondence to Vanessa Schweizer.