Tipping Points

This research is part of the strategic research program KBIV "Sustainable spatial development of ecosystems, landscapes, seas and regions" which is funded by the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs, Agriculture and Innovation, and carried out by Wageningen University Research centre.

Tipping points are points underlying sudden shifts in ecosystems under small perturbations. There is increasing attention for the existence and role of tipping points from policy programmes aimed at ecosystem protection and enhancement. This is rooted in the observation, that the occurrence of a tipping point after a perturbation (either of natural or anthropogenic origin) can lead to the sudden loss of soil services, land degradations, nature value, biodiversity, soil fertility, and the like. This project aims at providing an overview of the possible types of tipping points and their effects on terrestial systems.

Project output

Van Voorn, G.A.K., B.W. Kooi, J.H. Faber, P.C. de Ruijter (2012). Tipping points in natural systems - An inventory of types, detection methods, and consequences. In prep.

KB-14-001-004 ("Hoe voorkomen we dat ecosystemen kantelpunten overschrijden en zodoende belangrijke ecologische diensten verliezen?")