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Title: Chapter 4: Ecological resilience, climate change and the Great Barrier Reef
Authors: McCook, L.J.
Folke, C.
Hughes, T.P.
Nyström, M.
Obura, D.
Salm, R.
Corporate author: Great barrier Reef Marine Park Authority
Year of publication: 2007
Year: 2007
Publisher: The Great barrier Reef Marine Park Authority
Place of publication: Townsville
Type of document: Book section or chapter
Abstract: The vulnerability assessments in this volume frequently refer to the resilience of various ecosystem elements in the face of climate change. This chapter provides an introduction to the concept of ecological resilience, and its application as part of a management response to climate change threats. As defined in the glossary, resilience refers to the capacity of a system to absorb shocks, resist dramatic changes in condition, and maintain or recover key functions and processes, without undergoing “phase shifts” to a qualitatively different state. For example, people who are physically and mentally fit and strong will have good prospect of recovery from disease, injury or trauma: they are resilient.
ISBN: 9781876945619
Connection to GBRMPA: GBRMPA published this item
Subjects: Climatic changes
Ecosystem resilience
Coral reefs
Environmental management
Environmental impact
Economic values
Social values
Climate change
Coastal communities
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