EGU22-1482, updated on 27 Mar 2022
EGU General Assembly 2022
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Pathways of resilience in complex systems.

Max Rietkerk
Max Rietkerk
  • Utrecht University, Environmental Sciences, Utrecht, Netherlands (

The concept of tipping points and critical transitions helps inform our understanding of the catastrophic effects that global change may have on ecosystems, Earth system components, and the whole Earth system. The search for early warning indicators is ongoing, and spatial self-organization has been interpreted as one such signal. Here, we review how spatial self-organization can aid complex systems to evade tipping points and can therefore be a signal of resilience instead. Evading tipping points through various pathways of spatial pattern formation may be relevant for many ecosystems and Earth system components that hitherto have been identified as tipping prone, including for the entire Earth system.

M. Rietkerk, R. Bastiaansen, S. Banerjee, J. van de Koppel, M. Baudena and A. Doelman. 2021. Evasion of tipping in complex systems through spatial pattern formation. Science 374 (169): abj0359.

How to cite: Rietkerk, M.: Pathways of resilience in complex systems., EGU General Assembly 2022, Vienna, Austria, 23–27 May 2022, EGU22-1482,, 2022.