Resilience and the Behavior of Large-scale Systems
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Resilience and the Behavior of Large-scale Systems by Lance H. Gunderson
Book DescriptionScientists and researchers concerned with the behaviour of large ecosystems have focused in recent years on the concept of "resilience". Traditional perspectives held that ecological systems exist close to a steady state and resilience is the ability of the system to return rapidly to that state following perturbation. However, beginning with the work of C.S. Holling in the early 1970s, researchers began to look at conditions far from the steady state where instabilities can cause a system to shift into an entirely different regime of behaviour, and where resilience is measured by the magnitude of disturbance that can be absorbed before the system is restructured. This volume examines theories of resilience and change, offering readers a thorough understanding of how the properties of ecological resilience and human adaptability interact in complex, regional-scale systems. The book addresses the theoretical concepts of resilience and stability in large-scale ecosystems as well as the empirical application of those concepts in a diverse set of cases. In addition, it discusses the practical implications of the new theoretical approaches and their role in the sustainability of human-modified ecosystems.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9781559639712
(229mm x 152mm x 18mm)
Imprint: Island Press
Publisher: Island Press
Publish Date: 1-Oct-2002
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Lance H. Gunderson
Foundations of Ecological Resilience, Paperback (August 2009)» View all books by Lance H. Gunderson
Ecological resilience provides a theoretical foundation for understanding how complex systems adapt to and recover from localized disturbances like hurricanes, fires, pest outbreaks, and floods, as well as large-scale perturbations such as climate change. This book collects important articles on the subject of ecological resilience.
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Author Biography - Lance H. Gunderson
Lance H. Gunderson is associate professor and chair, and Lowell Pritchard Jr. is assistant professor, in the Department of Environmental Studies at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia.
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