Ecological resilience, robustness and vulnerability: how do these concepts benefit ecosystem management?

Mumby, Peter J., Chollett, Iliana, Bozec, Yves-Marie and Wolff, Nicholas H. (2014) Ecological resilience, robustness and vulnerability: how do these concepts benefit ecosystem management?. Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability, 7 22-27. doi:10.1016/j.cosust.2013.11.021


Author Mumby, Peter J.
Chollett, Iliana
Bozec, Yves-Marie
Wolff, Nicholas H.
Title Ecological resilience, robustness and vulnerability: how do these concepts benefit ecosystem management?
Journal name Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1877-3435
1877-3443
Publication date 2014-01-01
Year available 2013
Sub-type Critical review of research, literature review, critical commentary
DOI 10.1016/j.cosust.2013.11.021
Volume 7
Start page 22
End page 27
Total pages 6
Place of publication Kidlington, Oxford, United Kingdom
Publisher Elsevier
Collection year 2014
Language eng
Abstract Ecosystem management is beset with potentially confusing terminology over the use of resilience, robustness and vulnerability. Here, we distinguish these concepts, discuss their operationalization, and identify the objectives that each is suited to. Resilience is useful when ecosystems risk losing the ability to recover and requires system modelling. Vulnerability can either be quantitative, measuring the ability of a system to remain above a critical threshold, or qualitative and used to evaluate the exposure of a system to disturbance and attributes that confer adaptive capacity and sensitivity to disturbance. As such, vulnerability is well-suited to assessments of coupled social-ecological systems. Robustness measures the ability of a system to maintain itself within a narrow range of function and is ideally suited to problems that require careful setting of upper and lower bounds for system properties, such as optimal fisheries yield.
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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Sub-type: Critical review of research, literature review, critical commentary
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