Tipping points centre stage on KNAW-symposium

2016_11-knaw-2NESSC-research on tipping points in the climate system takes centre stage next month on a symposium at KNAW, the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences. At the symposium, held on Friday November 11 at the Trippenhuis in Amsterdam, five scientists of NESSC with different research interests will present insights from their work on climate tipping points. How do we define a tipping point exactly? Which tipping points could for example be present in icecaps or vegetation? And what can we expect in the future from such climate tipping points?

The different scientists also underline the wide diversity brought together within NESSC. Speakers at the symposium are Marten Scheffer, professor of Aquatic Ecology and Water Quality Management at Wageningen University and Research Centre, Han Dolman, professor of Ecohydrology at VU University Amsterdam and Michiel van den Broeke, professor of Polar Meteorology at Utrecht University.

In addition, Anna von der Heydt, assistant professor of Physical Oceanography at Utrecht Universit, will speak about tipping points which have occurred in the past. Appy Sluijs, professor of Paleoceanography at Utrecht University, will talk about Tipping Point Ahead, the outreach programme of NESSC to connect Dutch high school students and their teachers to the many captivating facets of climate research.

Attending the symposium is free of charge, however, if you wish to attend, it is required to register in advance. You can find the registration form at the KNAW website here.