Adapting the adaptive cycle: Hypotheses on the development of ecosystem properties and services

Burkhard, B., Fath, B.D. ORCID:, & Mueller, F. (2011). Adapting the adaptive cycle: Hypotheses on the development of ecosystem properties and services. Ecological Modelling 222 (16) 2878-2890. 10.1016/j.ecolmodel.2011.05.016.

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Ecosystems are dynamic complexes. These dynamics can be described by different ecophysiological parameters and systems theoretical concepts like succession, thermodynamics, information/network theory, resilience, adaptability and the orientor concept. In this paper, different indicators and concepts are linked to Holling's adaptive cycle metaphor in order to derive hypotheses on potential system trajectories. The hypotheses focus on an exemplary temperate forest ecosystem experiencing the adaptive cycle's four phases of exploitation, conservation, collapse and reorganization after an initializing fire event. The different properties are correlated to the number of total system connections and show varying trajectories. Additionally, the provision of selected forest ecosystem services during the different phases is hypothesized and compared to three other land use types.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Resilience; Adaptability; Orientors; Thermodynamics; Ecosystem services
Research Programs: Advanced Systems Analysis (ASA)
Bibliographic Reference: Ecological Modelling; 222(16):2878-2890 (24 August 2011) (Published online 9 June 2011)
Depositing User: IIASA Import
Date Deposited: 15 Jan 2016 08:45
Last Modified: 10 Sep 2019 12:44

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