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Panarchy: Discontinuities Reveal Similarities in the Dynamic System Structure of Ecological and Social Systems

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dc.contributor.author Garmestani, Ahjond S. en_US
dc.contributor.author Allen, Craig R. en_US
dc.contributor.author Gunderson, Lance en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2009-07-31T14:52:12Z
dc.date.available 2009-07-31T14:52:12Z
dc.date.issued 2009 en_US
dc.date.submitted 2009-05-27 en_US
dc.date.submitted 2009-05-27 en_US
dc.identifier.uri https://hdl.handle.net/10535/2642
dc.description.abstract "In this paper, we review the empirical evidence of discontinuous distributions in complex systems within the context of panarchy theory and discuss the significance of discontinuities for understanding emergent properties such as resilience. Over specific spatial-temporal scale ranges, complex systems can configure in a variety of regimes, each defined by a characteristic set of self-organized structures and processes. A system may remain within a regime or dramatically shift to another regime. Understanding the drivers of regime shifts has provided critical insight into system structure and resilience. Although analyses of regime shifts have tended to focus on the system level, new evidence suggests that the same system behaviors operate within scales. In essence, complex systems exhibit multiple dynamic regimes nested within the larger system, each of which operates at a particular scale. Discrete size classes observed in variables in complex systems are evidence of these multiple regimes within complex systems, and the discontinuities between size classes indicate changes in scale." en_US
dc.subject complex systems en_US
dc.subject regimes en_US
dc.subject resilience en_US
dc.title Panarchy: Discontinuities Reveal Similarities in the Dynamic System Structure of Ecological and Social Systems en_US
dc.type Journal Article en_US
dc.type.published published en_US
dc.subject.sector General & Multiple Resources en_US
dc.identifier.citationjournal Ecology & Society en_US
dc.identifier.citationvolume 14 en_US
dc.identifier.citationnumber 1 en_US
dc.identifier.citationmonth January en_US

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