On a mission to quantify climate tipping points

Credit: Ilulissat, Greenland. Andrew St Lawrence, Unsplash.
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Welcome to ClimTip!
A place where science meets love for all life on Earth 🌍
Launched in March 2024, ClimTip research consortium spans over 12 countries around the world.
Our innovative research agenda includes 5 priority areas and 18 work packages driven by multidisciplinary expertise.
"We definitely still have a chance to avoid the most dangerous consequences of anthropogenic climate changes."
Niklas Boers,
ClimTip Coordinator
Why ClimTip?
Our planet could be on the brink of large-scale climate tipping points due to man-made climate change and damaging human activities. How close are we to crossing these tipping points in climate system? What would be their impacts on climate, ecosystems, and society? Answers to these questions are riddled with significant uncertainties.

Recognizing the potential irreversible consequences and widespread impacts and following the precautionary principle, ClimTip is dedicated to thoroughly explore the underlying mechanisms and associated risks.

Better understanding of potential Earth system Tipping Elements is crucial. Analyzing data from different sources, including historical climate records and advanced computer models, ClimTip sets out to identify and characterize tipping points focusing on the Amazon rainforest, the Atlantic overturning circulation, and the Greenland and West Antarctic ice sheets.

We envision developing an early warning system for potential shifts in climate and ecosystems by improving Earth system models – our essential tools in predicting tipping events. This extensive knowledge basis will be leveraged to determine safe boundaries for a stable Earth system and develop effective adaptation and mitigation measures to safeguard a better future for all.

We will share our findings every step of the way and engage with scientific communities, expert organizations such as IPBES and IPCC, decision makers, civil society and the public.
"Give me £1bn for modelling and I wouldn’t be able tell you what’s going to happen, but I would get a better grasp of the uncertainties and the range of plausible futures. Knowledge of this range would help us design climate-resilient infrastructure and usefully set the context for debates."
David Stainforth,
London School of Economics and Political Science

Combining diverse expertise
of our partners

Coordinating team
Niklas Boers
Project Coordinator
Sebastian Bathiany
Project Coordinator
Kuat Abeshev
Head of Communications