Native Fire Regimes and Landscape Resilience

Part of the Ecological Studies book series (ECOLSTUD)


First introduced by Holling (1973), the term “resilience” has been used widely in the ecological literature, but it is not always defined and is rarely quantified. Holling suggested that ecological resilience is the amount of disturbance that an ecosystem could withstand without changing self-organized processes and structures. His description suggests that resilience may be: (1) represented by an observable set of properties; (2) defined by measures of degree; and (3) related to system states and their (in)tolerance to reshaping, and that some properties of resilience may be quantifiable. We also see the idea of fire resilience in the literature (e.g., MacGillivray and Grime 1995; He and Mladenoff 1999; Díaz-Delgado et al. 2002; Brown et al. 2004; Pausas et al. 2004), but this term has different meanings in diverse contexts.


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  1. 1.Department of Environmental Science Policy and Management, Division of Ecosystem SciencesUniversity of California BerkeleyBerkeleyUSA

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