Early-warning signals for critical transitions

  title={Early-warning signals for critical transitions},
  author={Marten Scheffer and Jordi Bascompte and William A. Brock and Victor Brovkin and Stephen R. Carpenter and Vasilis Dakos and Hermann Held and Egbert H. van Nes and Max Rietkerk and George Sugihara},
Complex dynamical systems, ranging from ecosystems to financial markets and the climate, can have tipping points at which a sudden shift to a contrasting dynamical regime may occur. Although predicting such critical points before they are reached is extremely difficult, work in different scientific fields is now suggesting the existence of generic early-warning signals that may indicate for a wide class of systems if a critical threshold is approaching. 
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