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Measuring the Inertia and Resilience of Ecosystems

Walter E. Westman
BioScience
Vol. 28, No. 11 (Nov., 1978), pp. 705-710
DOI: 10.2307/1307321
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/1307321
Page Count: 6
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Measuring the Inertia and Resilience of Ecosystems
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Abstract

The resilience of a natural ecosystem here refers to the ecosystem's ability to repair itself following disturbance and inertia to its ability to resist change when stressed. This paper defines four components of resilience, each of which is amenable to quantification using existing ecological methods. Some standardization in the way in which we conceptualize and measure ecosystem inertia and resilience could aid in the development of improved methods of environmental impact assessment.

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