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The importance of tipping points

Geologist Ed Brook, geographer David Wrathall and complexity scientist James Watson will discuss the importance of tipping points at 7 p.m. March 3 at OMSI in Portland.

Children of today are going to live through some of the most important environmental, social and technological changes humankind will ever see. It is likely that some of these changes will be large and sudden, and their impacts will be felt globally.

The three professors will introduce and discuss the wicked nature of tipping points and illustrate a number of core examples of large and abrupt changes in our environment and subsequent impacts on ecosystems and human communities. You will learn about tipping points that have occurred in the climate system thousands of years ago, about contemporary social tipping points in communities impacted by climate change, and about the fundamental nature of tipping points and how they occur in ecosystems.

Tickets are $5. Buy tickets online or at the OMSI front desk. Advanced tickets will be available for purchase until 2 p.m.the day of the event. For more information or to sign up for our mailing list, email: or call 503.797.4529.