Environmental tipping points as an inklings to adaptation policies

Authors: Rudolf Kucharcik*, Faculty of International Relations, University of Economics, Bratislava, Mikulas Cernota, Faculty of International Relations, University of Economics, Bratislava
Topics: Environment, Global Change, Natural Resources
Keywords: adaptation, climate change, tipping points
Session Type: Paper
Day: 4/11/2018
Start / End Time: 8:00 AM / 9:40 AM
Room: Oak Alley, Sheraton, 4th Floor
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Tipping points represent the state of ecosystems when abrupt and irreversible changes might occur as a result of the pressure from variability of impacts of human induced and natural factors. There is a need for detailed explanation of the mechanism of interconnectivity of tipping points influence to the habitation of the regions and the non-linearity of dynamics of feedback loops in the ecosystems responses. A set of metrics is highlighted serving as early warning indicators to guide management actions and policy development in order to avoid the point of irreversible damage. The policy concept is related to the adaptation framework of resources management and aims to guide human activities in biological systems to sustain ecosystem services to the population. Regional approach will be crucial in this endeavor, because Earths climatic zonation and geographical factors vary significantly thus limitting transferability of policy tools.

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