Application of Threshold Concepts in Natural Resource Decision Making

Editors: Guntenspergen, Glenn R. (Ed.)

  • Helps natural resource specialists and protected area managers routinely use concepts and tools by providing conceptual examples
  • Professional resource managers will be provided with an entry into the literature in this rapidly evolving concept
  • The application and the utility, of the methods introduced and discussed are illustrated through a series of case studies
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Natural resource managers face a complex decision-making environment characterized by the potential occurrence of rapid and abrupt ecological change. These abrupt changes are poorly accommodated by traditional natural resource planning and decision-making processes. As recognition of threshold processes has increased, contemporary models of ecological systems have been modified to better represent a broader range of ecological system dynamics. Key conceptual advances associated with the ideas of non-linear responses, the existence of multiple ecological stable states and critical thresholds are more likely the rule than the exception in ecological systems. Once an ecological threshold is crossed, the ecosystem in question is not likely to return to its previous state. There are many examples and a general consensus that climatic disruptions will drive now stable systems across ecological thresholds.

This book provides professional resource managers with a broad general decision framework that illustrates the utility of including ecological threshold concepts in natural resource management. It gives an entry into the literature in this rapidly evolving concept, with descriptions and discussion of the promising statistical approaches for threshold detection and demonstrations of the utility of the threshold framework via a series of case studies.

Table of contents (14 chapters)

  • Threshold Concepts: Implications for the Management of Natural Resources

    Guntenspergen, Glenn R. (et al.)

    Pages 1-7

  • Thresholds for Conservation and Management: Structured Decision Making as a Conceptual Framework

    Nichols, James D. (et al.)

    Pages 9-28

  • Identifying Objectives and Alternative Actions to Frame a Decision Problem

    Runge, Michael C. (et al.)

    Pages 29-43

  • Optimization in Natural Resources Conservation

    Williams, Byron K. (et al.)

    Pages 45-65

  • Application of Threshold Concepts to Ecological Management Problems: Occupancy of Golden Eagles in Denali National Park, Alaska

    Eaton, Mitchell J. (et al.)

    Pages 67-86

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eBook $139.00
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Application of Threshold Concepts in Natural Resource Decision Making
Editors
  • Glenn R. Guntenspergen
Copyright
2014
Publisher
Springer-Verlag New York
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media, LLC
Distribution Rights
Distribution rights for India: Delhi Book Store, New Delhi, India
eBook ISBN
978-1-4899-8041-0
DOI
10.1007/978-1-4899-8041-0
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-4899-8040-3
Softcover ISBN
978-1-4939-5155-0
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
VI, 324
Number of Illustrations and Tables
48 b/w illustrations, 37 illustrations in colour
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