Articles | Volume 12, issue 2
Earth Syst. Dynam., 12, 601–619, 2021
https://doi.org/10.5194/esd-12-601-2021
Earth Syst. Dynam., 12, 601–619, 2021
https://doi.org/10.5194/esd-12-601-2021

Research article 03 Jun 2021

Research article | 03 Jun 2021

Interacting tipping elements increase risk of climate domino effects under global warming

Nico Wunderling et al.

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ED: Reconsider after major revisions (25 Jun 2020) by Michel Crucifix
AR by Nico Wunderling on behalf of the Authors (08 Aug 2020)  Author's response    Manuscript
ED: Referee Nomination & Report Request started (19 Aug 2020) by Michel Crucifix
RR by Anonymous Referee #2 (28 Aug 2020)
ED: Reconsider after major revisions (14 Sep 2020) by Michel Crucifix
AR by Nico Wunderling on behalf of the Authors (25 Jan 2021)  Author's response    Author's tracked changes    Manuscript
ED: Referee Nomination & Report Request started (09 Feb 2021) by Michel Crucifix
RR by Anonymous Referee #2 (04 Mar 2021)
ED: Publish subject to minor revisions (review by editor) (05 Mar 2021) by Michel Crucifix
AR by Nico Wunderling on behalf of the Authors (15 Mar 2021)  Author's response    Author's tracked changes    Manuscript
ED: Publish as is (07 Apr 2021) by Michel Crucifix
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Short summary
In the Earth system, climate tipping elements exist that can undergo qualitative changes in response to environmental perturbations. If triggered, this would result in severe consequences for the biosphere and human societies. We quantify the risk of tipping cascades using a conceptual but fully dynamic network approach. We uncover that the risk of tipping cascades under global warming scenarios is enormous and find that the continental ice sheets are most likely to initiate these failures.
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