Human dynamics of climate change

The impacts of climate change will not be experienced in isolation, but will affect humans in the context of the way we live

The 'Human dynamics of climate change' poster aims to illustrate some of the impacts of climate and population change in the context of a globalised world. You can download the poster and the supplementary information below:

HDCC poster HDCC poster (PDF, 12 MB)

HDCC poster supplementary information HDCC poster supplementary information (PDF, 629 kB)

The video above introduces the poster and you can find further information below. 

There are two types of information included in the poster - present-day human dynamics, and projected future changes in climate and population between a present day  baseline (1981-2010) and the end of the 21st century (2071-2100).

The climate projections shown do not include any assumptions about adaptation or adaptive capacity. They represent the potential long-term influence of climate change on human activity, and may be thought of as a driver of change. This poster shows a 'business as usual' greenhouse gas concentration scenario ( RCP8.5) that contains no explicit greenhouse gas emissions mitigation, with a 'middle of the road' socio-economic scenario ( SSP2) for population change.

To illustrate how the information on the poster can be interpreted, an overview of the global picture is included in the supplementary information, and a number of regional case studies are explored on the poster itself; these are also included in the link below. However, the different impacts (both positive and negative), and the different contexts in which these impacts occur, interact in multiple, complex ways. We invite you to explore the information and discover the links that mean the most to you.

Questions and answers related to the poster are available here: HDCC poster Q & A HDCC poster Q & A (PDF, 70 kB)

Alternative version of the poster

An alternative version of the poster is available here: HDCC alternative poster HDCC alternative poster (PDF, 8 MB) , and a similar version under an 'aggressive mitigation' greenhouse gas concentration scenario ( RCP2.6) is also available for comparison here: HDCC alternative poster mitigation HDCC alternative poster mitigation (PDF, 7 MB)   

The following document details  the differences between these two versions and the version at the top of the page: HDDC poster alternative version information HDDC poster alternative version information (PDF, 35 kB)

For more detail on the present-day and future change information used to produce the 'Human dynamics of climate change' map, follow the links below.

Last updated: 12 September 2014