By Marten Scheffer
How will we clarify the remarkably abrupt alterations that usually ensue in nature and society--and do we expect why and once they ensue? This ebook bargains a accomplished advent to serious transitions in advanced systems--the radical adjustments that occur at tipping issues whilst thresholds are passed.
Marten Scheffer accessibly describes the dynamical platforms concept in the back of serious transitions, masking disaster idea, bifurcations, chaos, and extra. He offers examples of serious transitions in lakes, oceans, terrestrial ecosystems, weather, evolution, and human societies. And he demonstrates the way to take care of those transitions, providing sensible suggestions on tips on how to expect tipping issues, the right way to hinder "bad" transitions, and the way to advertise serious transitions that paintings for us and never opposed to us. Scheffer exhibits the time is ripe for knowing and coping with serious transitions within the mammoth and complicated platforms during which we are living. This e-book may also function a textbook and encompasses a precise appendix with equations.
- Provides an obtainable creation to dynamical structures idea
- Covers serious transitions in lakes, oceans, terrestrial ecosystems, the weather, evolution, and human societies
- Explains the way to are expecting tipping issues
- Offers concepts for combating "bad" transitions and triggering "good" ones
- Features an appendix with equations
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