CL4.16.2 Media

Tipping elements in the Earth's climate system are continental-scale subsystems that are characterized by a threshold behavior. It has been suggested that these include biosphere components (e.g. the Amazon rainforest and coral reefs), cryosphere components (e.g. the Greenland and Antarctic ice sheets) and large-scale atmospheric and oceanic circulations (e.g. the thermohaline circulation, ENSO and Indian summer monsoon). Once operating near a threshold or tipping point, these components can transgress into a qualitatively different state by small external perturbations. The large-scale environmental consequences could impact the livelihoods of millions of people.

In this session, we aim to bring together experts presenting and discussing the state-of-the-art research on tipping elements in the Earth's climate system, both in empirical data and numerical modelling of past, present and future climate. Among other topics, issues to be addressed in this session include critical thresholds for specific tipping elements, typical time scales of tipping, interactions and feedbacks between tipping elements, the potential for tipping cascades as well as environmental and socio-economic impacts of tipping.

Co-organized as AS4.64/BG1.69/CR1.15/NP1.7/OS1.35
Convener: Ricarda Winkelmann | Co-conveners: Victor Brovkin, Henk A. Dijkstra, Jonathan Donges, Timothy Lenton
| Tue, 09 Apr, 14:00–18:00
Room 0.49
| Attendance Tue, 09 Apr, 10:45–12:30
Hall X5

Attendance time: Tuesday, 9 April 2019, 10:45–12:30 | Hall X5

X5.75 |
Jonathan Krönke, Nico Wunderling, Jonathan F. Donges, and Ricarda Winkelmann
X5.76 |
Martin Reiss, Gilsi Mar Gislason, Christina Fasching, Lukas Ditzel, and Peter Chifflard
X5.77 |
Claudio Piani, Tony Hung, and Elena Berg
X5.78 |
Effects of damming and climatic change on the eco-hydrological system: a case study in the Yalong River, Southwest China
Yufei Wang
X5.79 |
Shulei Zhang, Xiaoyan Li, and Yuting Yang
X5.80 |
Chung-Che Wu, Chuan-Chou Shen, Li Lo, Kefu Yu, Ching-Chih Chang, John Pallister, Sheng-Rong Song, and George S. Burr
X5.81 |
Chandrakant Singh, Ingo Fetzer, Lan Wang-Erlandsson, and Ruud J. van der Ent
X5.83 |
Julius Garbe, Torsten Albrecht, Jonathan Donges, Anders Levermann, and Ricarda Winkelmann
X5.84 |
Philipp de Vrese, Victor Brovkin, and Thomas Kleinen
X5.85 |
Tipping cascades on complex networks
Ricarda Winkelmann, Ann Kristin Klose, and Jonathan F. Donges
X5.86 |
Rosalind Haskins, Kevin Oliver, Laura Jackson, Richard Wood, and Sybren Drijfhout
X5.87 |
Gonzalo Miguez-Macho and Ying Fan
X5.89 |
Jingfang Fan, Jun Meng, Yosef Ashkenazy, and Shlomo Havlin
X5.90 |
Michael Sarnthein, Pieter M. Grootes, and James W.B. Rae
X5.91 |
Nico Wunderling, Matteo Willeit, Jonathan Donges, and Ricarda Winkelmann