The Catch-22 of Resilience

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Ecologists who study how ecosystems change over time know there is a balance between resilience and adaptation.  Resilience is a measure of how long it takes for an ecosystem to return to a previous state.

plerudulier‘s insight:

… For example, how many decades will it take for a forest to regrow after a fire? Adaptation is the transformation to an alternative stable state, better suited to the prevailing conditions.  If the forest burns again, and then again, a meadow may replace the forest.

Ecologically speaking we need both forests and meadows.  As a scientific matter we don’t prefer one over the other.  With cool precision we measure which species gain and which species lose when a fire burns the forest down.

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