Articles | Volume 7, issue 2
Earth Syst. Dynam., 7, 313–326, 2016
https://doi.org/10.5194/esd-7-313-2016
Earth Syst. Dynam., 7, 313–326, 2016
https://doi.org/10.5194/esd-7-313-2016
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Early warning signals of tipping points in periodically forced systems

Mark S. Williamson et al.

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We find early warnings of abrupt changes in complex dynamical systems such as the climate where the usual early warning indicators do not work. In particular, these are systems that are periodically forced, for example by the annual cycle of solar insolation. We show these indicators are good theoretically in a general setting then apply them to a specific system, that of the Arctic sea ice, which has been conjectured to be close to such a tipping point. We do not find evidence of it.
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