Resilience Attributes of Social-Ecological Systems: Framing Metrics for Management

If resilience theory is to be of practical value for policy makers and resource managers, the theory must be translated into sensible decision-support tools. We present a set of resilience attributes, developed to characterize human-managed systems, that helps system stakeholders make practical use of resilience concepts in tangible applications. These resilience terms can facilitate the modeling of resilience behavior within systems, as well as support those lacking access to sophisticated models. Our goal is to empower policy makers and resource managers to put resilience theory to work in the real world.

Contact: David Kerner

Project Dates: 2014

Keywords: resilience, resiliency, metrics, social-ecological systems, adaptive capacity, thresholds