Early-warning signals for critical transitions

  title={Early-warning signals for critical transitions},
  author={M. Scheffer and J. Bascompte and W. Brock and V. Brovkin and S. Carpenter and V. Dakos and H. Held and E. V. Nes and M. Rietkerk and G. Sugihara},
  • M. Scheffer, J. Bascompte, +7 authors G. Sugihara
  • Published 2009
  • Environmental Science, Medicine
  • Nature
  • 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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