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    Author(s): Jeanne C. Chambers; Craig R. Allen; Samuel A. Cushman
    Date: 2020
    Source: Lausanne, Switzerland: Frontiers Media SA. 223 p.
    Publication Series: Scientific Journal (JRNL)
    Station: Rocky Mountain Research Station
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    Ecological resilience is essential for maintaining ecosystem services in an era of rapid global change, but successful attempts to operationalize it for managing ecosystems at risk have been limited. Clear formulation and application of ecological resilience concepts can guide ecosystem management so that it enhances the capacity of ecosystems to resist and recover from disturbances and provides adaptive space for periods of ecological reorganization. As originally defined, ecological resilience measures the amount of perturbation required to change an ecosystem from one set of processes and structures to a different set of processes and structures, or the amount of disturbance that a system can withstand before it shifts into a new regime or alternative stable state (Holling, 1973). In applied ecology, ecological resilience is increasingly used to evaluate the capacity of ecosystems to absorb, persist, and adapt to inevitable and often unpredictable change, and to use that information to determine the most effective management strategies.

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    Chambers, Jeanne C.; Allen, Craig R.; Cushman, Samuel A., eds. 2020. Operationalizing the concepts of resilience and resistance for managing ecosystems and species at risk. Lausanne, Switzerland: Frontiers Media SA. 223 p.


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    ecological resilience, natural resources management, restoration, conservation, prioritization

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