2.5.3 State of Affairs: Application of early warning signals in social-ecological systems

With increasing amounts of socio-economic data being generated on a daily basis, there are tremendous opportunities to use cutting-edge and established techniques in early warning signals as ways to monitor resilience and respond promptly to critical transitions that will increase in probability as our social and ecological systems become further intertwined. This will require deliberate coordination with scientists, policymakers and institutions that collect social data in order to monitor these systems and respond to the threat of catastrophic tipping points before it is too late. Next, we illustrate some examples of applications of early warning signals for tipping in social-ecological systems.

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