Adapting the adaptive cycle Hypotheses on the development of ecosystem

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Authors: B. Burkharda, B. Fathb, F. Müllera

Publication Year: 2011


Journal: Ecological Modelling

Volume: 222

Issue: 16

Categories: Innovation, Adaptive Cycle, Resilience, Adaptive Cycle, Resilience


Ecosystems are dynamic complexes. These dynamics can be described by different ecophysiological parameters and systems theoretical concepts like succession, thermodynamics, information/network theory, resilience, adaptability and the orientor concept. In this paper, different indicators and concepts are linked to Holling’s adaptive cycle metaphor in order to derive hypotheses on potential system trajectories. The hypotheses focus on an exemplary temperate forest ecosystem experiencing the adaptive cycle’s four phases of exploitation, conservation, collapse and reorganization after an initializing fire event. The different properties are correlated to the number of total system connections and show varying trajectories. Additionally, the provision of selected forest ecosystem services during the different phases is hypothesized and compared to three other land use types.