Feedbacks and social tipping: A dynamic systems approach to rapid decarbonization

Eker, S. ORCID:, Wilson, C. ORCID:, Hohne, N., McCaffrey, M., Monasterolo, I., Niamir, L. ORCID:, & Zimm, C. ORCID: (2024). Feedbacks and social tipping: A dynamic systems approach to rapid decarbonization. DOI:10.5194/egusphere-egu24-20483. In: EGU General Assembly 2024, 14-19 April 2024, Vienna.

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Social tipping points are promising levers for accelerating progress towards net-zero greenhouse gas emission targets. They describe how social, political, economic or technological systems can move rapidly into a new state if cascading positive feedback mechanisms are triggered. Analysing the potential for social tipping requires considering the inherent complexity of social systems and their feedbacks. Here, drawing on insights from an expert elicitation workshop, we outline a dynamic systems approach that entails i) a systems outlook involving interconnected feedback mechanisms alongside cross-system and cross-scale interactions, ii) directed data collection efforts to provide empirical evidence and monitoring of social tipping dynamics, and iii) global, integrated, descriptive modelling to project future dynamics and provide ex-ante evidence for interventions aiming to trigger positive feedback mechanisms. We argue how and why this approach will strengthen the climate policy relevance of research on social tipping.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Research Programs: Energy, Climate, and Environment (ECE)
Energy, Climate, and Environment (ECE) > Sustainable Service Systems (S3)
Energy, Climate, and Environment (ECE) > Transformative Institutional and Social Solutions (TISS)
Population and Just Societies (POPJUS)
Population and Just Societies (POPJUS) > Equity and Justice (EQU)
Depositing User: Luke Kirwan
Date Deposited: 15 Apr 2024 14:21
Last Modified: 15 Apr 2024 14:22

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