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Table 1 Representative concentration pathways in the year 2100

From: A new scenario framework for Climate Change Research: scenario matrix architecture

  Radiative forcing CO2 equivalent concentration Rate of change in radiative forcing Key reference
RCP 8.5 8.5 W/m2 1350 ppm Rising (Riahi et al. 2011)
RCP 6.0 6.0 W/m2 850 ppm Stabilizing (Masui et al. 2011)
RCP 4.5 4.5 W/m2 650 ppm Stabilizing (Thomson et al. 2011)
RCP 2.6 2.6 W/m2 450 ppm Declining (Van Vuuren et al. 2011b)