Lamberson Award 2023
For their 2022 article on social-ecological tipping points “To tip or not to tip: The Window of Tipping Point Analysis for social-ecological systems” the Humboldt-Tipping team won the 2023 Lamberson Award 2023.
The authors defined a “Window of Tipping Point Analysis (WTPA)”
The definition of the WTPA itself is related to the research question to be examined encompasses the following six steps:
Describe the elements included in the analysis. This may relate to specifying which species are considered (ecological subsystem) and which human actors or sectors (social realm). We define elements as a relevant unit that may change its state. Its exact dimension depends on the analysis at hand.
Describe the period considered and the speed of adjustment (years vs decades).
Describe the relations between the different elements. The relation may be uni- or bidirectional, with different speeds between the elements.
Describe which exogenous impacts—impacts from outside the window—may be relevant and are considered; and ideally, also describe which exogenous impacts are excluded from the analysis and how elements within the window impact elements outside of the window.
Describe the potential states of the different elements. This is especially relevant when conducting a temporal analysis. Relations between elements may change depending on their specific states.
Describe intervention possibilities and how these intervention possibilities may relate to the different elements and their potential states.