09/09/2021NewsEarth Commission News

New discussion series to advance knowledge on tipping elements

Don’t miss this opportunity to take part in the scientific discussion about looming abrupt changes in the Earth system. A new webinar series is starting later this month, and invites both scientist interested in tipping elements and the broader public.

The Earth Commission’s Working Group 1 (Earth and Human Systems Modelling Intercomparison Project), Future Earth’s global research project Analysis, Integration, and Modeling of the Earth System (AIMES) and the Safe Landing Climates Light House Activity of World Climate Research Program (WCRP) are launching a discussion series to advance the knowledge about tipping elements, irreversibility, and abrupt changes in the Earth system. It supports efforts to increase consistency in treatment of tipping elements in the scientific community, develop a research agenda, and design joint experiments and ideas for a Tipping Element Model Intercomparison Project (TipMip).

The first event in the series will be held online on 20 September 2021, 12:00-13:30 CEST and will provides an overall introduction. The next discussions will then dive into one Earth system tipping element in detail, i.e., Amazon rainforest, ice sheets. The events will be held monthly and are open to the public.

On the agenda for the first event are the following items:

  • Introduction and objectives of the webinar series 
  • An update on tipping elements in the climate system
  • Extreme events in a changing climate. Insights from IPCC AR6 (tbc)
  • Questions and discussion

The final 25 minutes have been reserved for informal discussions on the research agenda and the development of a Tipping Element Model Intercomparison Project (TipMip). The TipMip will be an important contribution to developing and refining the Earth Commission’s work to define a safe and just corridor for people and planet.

Among the speakers are Earth Commission members professor Tim Lenton, University of Exeter, and Professor Ricarda Winkelmann, Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (tbc).

Read more about the event, the speakers and how to register here.