WorkshopTipping Points in Ecological Systems

05. März 2012 bis 07. März 2012

The accumulating evidence for impending radical changes in various ecosystems and their adverse effects on human societies has resulted in an increased scientific interest in non-linear ecosystem dynamics. In particular, it seems highly desirable to identify early-warning signals that may serve as indicators for impending regime shifts and allow for counter actions when there is still a chance to halt the process. Furthermore, conservation and management strategies are needed that incorporate relevant new findings about tipping point dynamics and that have the potential to effectively prevent the occurrence of dramatic ecosystem changes.

During a 3-days-expert meeting organized by Network-Forum for Biodiversity Research Germany (NeFo) and DIVERSITAS International, ecologists from nine different countries (representing Europe, USA and New Zealand) discussed the occurrence, prediction and mitigation of "tipping points" in ecosystems.