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Plant and Soil Sciences eLibrary (PASSeL) Lesson
This module discusses panarchy theory, a framework for understanding how systems function and interact across scales. The key idea in panarchy theory is that adaptive cycles are nested together and interact with each other to form what are termed “panarchies.” Within a panarchy, broad scale adaptive cycles influence smaller scale cycles, and smaller scale cycles can influence broad scale ones. This is true of both social and ecological systems. Panarchy theory has been applied to examine regime shifts in ecology as well as company size distribution in economics.
Overview - What Will You Learn in This Lesson?
This lesson introduces panarchy theory and how it relates to understanding and interpreting natural and social systems.
This lesson covers the concept of panarchy. At the completion of this lesson, you should be able to:
- Define a panarchy and related principles
- Analyze how panarchy theory can be used to manage social or ecological systems
- Apply panarchy theory to social and ecological systems
- Explain two panarchy transition pathways
- Understand how panarchy is useful in order to assess a system’s ecological resilience
- Lesson home
- Overview and Objectives
- Introduction - What is Panarchy (and the Adaptive Cycle)?
- Description - What are the Details?
- Panarchy in Management - How Can You Utilize This Concept?
- Example - Federal Systems
- Quiz Questions
- References and Further Readings