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Sustainability 2014, 6(10), 6925-6948; doi:10.3390/su6106925

Transdisciplinary Application of Cross-Scale Resilience

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Nebraska Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Unit, School of Natural Resources, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, NE 68583, USA
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Department of Aquatic Sciences and Assessment, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, PO Box 7050, SE 750 07 Uppsala, Sweden
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EPA, National Risk Management Research Laboratory, Cincinnati, OH 45268, USA
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CICERO, Center for International Climate and Environmental Research, Gaustadalleen 21, Oslo 0349, Norway
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U.S. Geological Survey, Nebraska Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Unit, School of Natural Resources, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, NE 68583, US
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Received: 5 July 2014 / Revised: 2 September 2014 / Accepted: 17 September 2014 / Published: 2 October 2014
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Abstract

The cross-scale resilience model was developed in ecology to explain the emergence of resilience from the distribution of ecological functions within and across scales, and as a tool to assess resilience. We propose that the model and the underlying discontinuity hypothesis are relevant to other complex adaptive systems, and can be used to identify and track changes in system parameters related to resilience. We explain the theory behind the cross-scale resilience model, review the cases where it has been applied to non-ecological systems, and discuss some examples of social-ecological, archaeological/ anthropological, and economic systems where a cross-scale resilience analysis could add a quantitative dimension to our current understanding of system dynamics and resilience. We argue that the scaling and diversity parameters suitable for a resilience analysis of ecological systems are appropriate for a broad suite of systems where non-normative quantitative assessments of resilience are desired. Our planet is currently characterized by fast environmental and social change, and the cross-scale resilience model has the potential to quantify resilience across many types of complex adaptive systems. View Full-Text
Keywords: complex adaptive systems; cross-scale dynamics; discontinuities; quantitative resilience; multidisciplinary application; social-ecological systems complex adaptive systems; cross-scale dynamics; discontinuities; quantitative resilience; multidisciplinary application; social-ecological systems
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Sundstrom, S.M.; Angeler, D.G.; Garmestani, A.S.; García, J.H.; Allen, C.R. Transdisciplinary Application of Cross-Scale Resilience. Sustainability 2014, 6, 6925-6948.

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