Emergent patterns in nature and society

Critical transitions

Martin Scheffer wrote:

“Regime shifts seem often triggered by a major external impact. For instance, droughts, earthquakes, and floods hit to shifts to an algal-dominated state. However, such disturbances may not always be the complete story. A much trickier aspect is that systems may gradually become increasingly fragile to the point that even a minor perturbation can trigger a drastic change toward another state. I will call such changes critical transitions

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    2010/07/22 at 1:40 pm

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