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Remotely sensing potential climate change tipping points across scales


Lenton,  Timothy M.
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Abrams,  Jesse F.
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Bartsch,  Annett
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Bathiany,  Sebastian
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Boulton,  Chris A.
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Buxton,  Joshua E.
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Conversi,  Alessandra
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Cunliffe,  Andrew M.
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Hebden,  Sophie
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Lavergne,  Thomas
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Poulter,  Benjamin
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Shepherd,  Andrew
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Smith,  Taylor
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Swingedouw,  Didier
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Winkelmann,  Ricarda
Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research;


Boers,  Niklas
Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research;

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Lenton, T. M., Abrams, J. F., Bartsch, A., Bathiany, S., Boulton, C. A., Buxton, J. E., Conversi, A., Cunliffe, A. M., Hebden, S., Lavergne, T., Poulter, B., Shepherd, A., Smith, T., Swingedouw, D., Winkelmann, R., Boers, N. (2024): Remotely sensing potential climate change tipping points across scales. - Nature Communications, 15, 343.

Cite as: https://publications.pik-potsdam.de/pubman/item/item_29364
Potential climate tipping points pose a growing risk for societies, and policy is calling for improved anticipation of them. Satellite remote sensing can play a unique role in identifying and anticipating tipping phenomena across scales. Where satellite records are too short for temporal early warning of tipping points, complementary spatial indicators can leverage the exceptional spatial-temporal coverage of remotely sensed data to detect changing resilience of vulnerable systems. Combining Earth observation with Earth system models can improve process-based understanding of tipping points, their interactions, and potential tipping cascades. Such fine-resolution sensing can support climate tipping point risk management across scales.