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Special Topics

EPJ ST Special Issue: Tipping in Complex Systems: Theory, Methods & Applications

Many of the real world systems are composed of several interacting subsystems and have several degrees of freedom. The complexity in such systems arises from the nonlinearity in the dynamics of the interacting sub systems, heterogeneity in the pattern of interactions among them and presence of multiple dynamical time scales among them.

These systems can undergo sudden changes in their dynamical states or “tip” from one emergent dynamical state to another. The threshold of such sudden transitions, called “tipping point” represent the critical values of one or more of the system parameters or state variables at which a perturbation can lead to sudden qualitative change in the state of the system. As such it is important to study methods of detecting and characterising this phenomenon with proper measures.

Most of the systems with tipping points can be modelled using the framework of complex networks of coupled multi stable subsystems and in such cases, tipping in one subsystem can result in tipping cascades in the whole system. Then predicting tipping points by identifying early warning signals and developing strategies for harnessing tipping points and preventing cascades are of immediate relevance.

Tipping points can be discussed in various contexts like climate, stock market crashes, earthquakes, environmental sciences, pandemics, clinical studies, socio economic systems etc.

Authors are invited to submit their original research and short reviews on the theme of this special issue. The topics included, but not limited to, on tipping in complex systems, that are both illustrative and informative in this context, are as listed below

  • Critical transitions in complex systems
  • Noise induced tipping
  • Early warning signals
  • Data driven methods in tipping
  • Tipping in multi stable systems
  • Harnessing tipping points
  • Bifurcation induced tipping
  • Rate induced tipping
  • Measures of tipping from data
  • Tipping in climate systems
  • Tipping in disease spreading
  • Tipping in environmental systems
  • Tipping in economics
  • Tipping in ecological systems
  • Tipping cascades
  • Vulnerability and robustness to tipping
  • Critical slowing down near tipping

Manuscripts should be prepared following the instructions for authors using the latex template of EPJ ST, which can be downloaded here. Articles should be submitted to the Editorial Office of EPJ ST via the submission system at https://articlestatus.edpsciences.org/is/epjst/home.php by selecting “Tipping in Complex Systems: Theory, Methods & Applications” as special issue.

Submission Deadline: March 15, 2021.

We are looking forward to your contributions.

Guest Editors:

G. Ambika
Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER)
Tirupati, India
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Jürgen Kurths
Physics Department, Humboldt University, Berlin, Germany
Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research, Potsdam, Germany
Saratov State University, Saratov, Russia
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Open Access: EPJST is a hybrid journal offering Open Access publication via the Open Choice programme and a growing number of Springer Compact “Publish and Read” arrangements which enable authors to publish OA at no direct cost (all costs are paid centrally).

Managing Editors
Anne Ruimy (EDP Sciences) and Sabine Lehr (Springer-Verlag)
Thank you very much, Isabelle! Very timely. And the cover looks fantastic! We are grateful for the great collaboration! Best wishes.

Dirk Helbing, ETH Zurich, Switzerland
Editor EPJ Special Topics 214, 2012

ISSN: 1951-6355 (Print Edition)
ISSN: 1951-6401 (Electronic Edition)

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