The Regime Shifts DataBase is an initiative led by the Stockholm Resilience Centre to review and synthesize examples of different types of regime shifts that have been documented in social-ecological systems. The database focuses specifically on regime shifts that have large impacts on ecosystem services and  human well-being. The aim is to provide a high-quality, descriptive, open-source information resource for students, lecturers, ecosystem managers and researchers, and for future assessment activities such as IPBES (Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services).

The information in the database is based on assessment and synthesis of the literature, and the description of each regime shift is reviewed by an expert prior to publishing it online wherever possible. The information is intended to provide a general descriptive overview of different regime shifts and point to resources for more detailed information. 

The site is intended to function as a high-quality Wikipedia-like space. We warmly welcome all contributions! You can contribute by:

  • Adding additional figures or references to existing examples
  • Adding comments to existing examples to suggest how the text might be improved or expanded
  • Adding new examples of regime shifts or case studies
  • Suggesting possible new examples that we might add to the database
  • Sending us general comments and suggestions for improving this website

This project has been made possible through funding support from:



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Please let us know if there are additional funders you would like us to acknoweldge here.