Articles | Volume 12, issue 3
Research article
28 Jul 2021
Research article |  | 28 Jul 2021

Abrupt climate change as a rate-dependent cascading tipping point

Johannes Lohmann, Daniele Castellana, Peter D. Ditlevsen, and Henk A. Dijkstra


Interactive discussion

Status: closed

Comment types: AC – author | RC – referee | CC – community | EC – editor | CEC – chief editor | : Report abuse
  • RC1: 'Comment on esd-2021-7', Anonymous Referee #1, 09 Mar 2021
  • RC2: 'Comment on esd-2021-7', Anonymous Referee #2, 05 Apr 2021

Peer review completion

AR: Author's response | RR: Referee report | ED: Editor decision
ED: Reconsider after major revisions (06 May 2021) by Christian Franzke
AR by Johannes Lohmann on behalf of the Authors (11 Jun 2021)  Author's response    Author's tracked changes    Manuscript
ED: Referee Nomination & Report Request started (12 Jun 2021) by Christian Franzke
RR by Anonymous Referee #1 (30 Jun 2021)
ED: Publish subject to technical corrections (30 Jun 2021) by Christian Franzke
Short summary
Tipping of one climate subsystem could trigger a cascade of subsequent tipping points and even global-scale climate tipping. Sequential shifts of atmosphere, sea ice and ocean have been recorded in proxy archives of past climate change. Based on this we propose a conceptual model for abrupt climate changes of the last glacial. Here, rate-induced tipping enables tipping cascades in systems with relatively weak coupling. An early warning signal is proposed that may detect such a tipping.
Final-revised paper