Managing Ecosystems Sustainably: The Key Role of Resilience

  • F. Stuart ChapinIII


The goal of ecosystem management is to provide a sustainable flow of multiple ecosystem services to society today and in the future. As an integral component of natural resource stewardship, ecosystem management recognizes the integrated nature of social-ecological systems, their inherent complexity and dynamics at multiple temporal and spatial scales, and the importance of managing to maintain future options in the face of uncertainty (Christensen et al. 1996; Table 2.1)—i.e., many of the factors governing the resilience and vulnerability of social-ecological systems.


Ecosystem Service Soil Erosion Regime Shift Functional Type Disturbance Regime 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • F. Stuart ChapinIII
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  1. 1.Institute of Arctic Biology, University of Alaska FairbanksFairbanksUSA

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