Articles | Volume 27, issue 3
https://doi.org/10.5194/npg-27-391-2020
https://doi.org/10.5194/npg-27-391-2020
Research article
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08 Jul 2020
Research article |  | 08 Jul 2020

Anthropocene climate bifurcation

Kolja Leon Kypke, William Finlay Langford, and Allan Richard Willms

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Short summary
The climate of Earth is governed by nonlinear processes of geophysics. This paper presents energy balance models (EBMs) embracing these nonlinear processes which lead to positive feedback, amplifying the effects of anthropogenic forcing and leading to bifurcations. We define bifurcation as a change in the topological equivalence class of the system. We initiate a bifurcation analysis of EBMs of Anthropocene climate, which shows that a catastrophic climate change may occur in the next century.