The PoleStar System has been applied in numerous local, national and regional studies. It has also been used in numerous global studies including the Global Environment Outlook Report series, the U.S. National Academy of Sciences’ Board on Sustainable Development report Our Common Journey, the World Water Vision and the OECD Environmental Outlook.

Listed below are the most PoleStar reports and documentation, as well as some reports highlighting the use of PoleStar scenarios in various regional and global studies.


Scenarios for the Century Ahead: Searching for Sustainability (2010)

The Century Ahead: Four Global Scenarios. Technical Documentation (2009)

Great Transition: The Promise and Lure of the Times Ahead (2002)

Bending the Curve: Toward Global Sustainability (1998)

Branch Points: Global Scenarios and Human Choice (1997)

The Sustainability Transition: Beyond Conventional Development (1996)

Selected Reports

Bringing Global Thinking to Local Sustainability Efforts: A collaborative Project for the Boston Metropolitan Region (Technical Report on Quantitative Scenarios) (2008)

Contours of the Future: Alternative Scenarios for the Boston Region (2008)

Is Growth Enough? A Scenario Analysis Prepared for the World Bank (2005)

Global Environmental Outlook Scenario Framework (2002)

Technical Notes on use of PoleStar for the OECD Environmental Outlook (2001)

Description of Scenarios for Vietnam Prepared at the PoleStar Workshop 4-15 October 1999 (2000)

Visions of Sustainability in the Baltic Sea Region: Beyond Conventional Development (1998)

Sustainable Development in West Africa: Beginning the Process (1999)