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https://doi.org/10.5194/esd-2017-124
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15 Jan 2018
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This discussion paper is a preprint. A revision of the manuscript is under review for the journal Earth System Dynamics (ESD).
How Robust is Your System Resilience?
Mehran Homayounfar1, Rachata Muneepeerakul1, and John M. Anderies2 1Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering, University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida, USA
2School of Sustainability and School of Human Evolution and Social Change, Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona, USA
Abstract. Robustness and resilience are concepts in systems thinking that have grown in importance and popularity. For many complex social-ecological systems, however, robustness and resilience are difficult to quantify and the connections and trade-offs between them difficult to study. Most studies have either focused on qualitative approaches to discuss their connections or considered only one of them under particular classes of disturbances. In this study, we present an analytical framework to address the linkage between robustness and resilience more systematically. Our analysis is based on a stylized dynamical model that operationalizes a widely used conceptual framework for social-ecological systems. The model enables us to rigorously delineate the boundaries of conditions under which the coupled system can be sustained in a long run, define robustness and resilience related to these boundaries, and consequently investigate their connections. The results reveal the tradeoffs between robustness and resilience. They also show how the nature of such tradeoffs varies with the choices of certain policies (e.g., taxation and investment in public infrastructure), internal stresses and external disturbances.
Citation: Homayounfar, M., Muneepeerakul, R., and Anderies, J. M.: How Robust is Your System Resilience?, Earth Syst. Dynam. Discuss., https://doi.org/10.5194/esd-2017-124, in review, 2018.
Mehran Homayounfar et al.
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For many complex social-ecological systems, robustness and resilience are difficult to quantify and the connections and trade-offs between them difficult to study. In this study, we present an analytical framework to address the linkage between robustness and resilience more systematically. The results reveal the tradeoffs between robustness and resilience. They also show how the nature of such tradeoffs varies with the choices of certain policies internal stresses and external disturbances.
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