Panarchy: theory and application

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The concept of panarchy provides a framework that characterizes complex systems of people and nature as dynamically organized and structured within and across scales of space and time. It has been more than a decade since the introduction of panarchy. Over this period, its invocation in peer-reviewed literature has been steadily increasing, but its use remains primarily descriptive and abstract. Here, we discuss the use of the concept in the literature to date, highlight where the concept may be useful, and discuss limitations to the broader applicability of panarchy theory for research in the ecological and social sciences. Finally, we forward a set of testable hypotheses to evaluate key propositions that follow from panarchy theory.
Publication type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Title Panarchy: theory and application
Series title Ecosystems
DOI 10.1007/s10021-013-9744-2
Volume 17
Issue 4
Year Published 2014
Language English
Publisher Springer
Contributing office(s) Nebraska Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit, John Wesley Powell Center for Analysis and Synthesis
Description 12 p.
Larger Work Type Article
Larger Work Subtype Journal Article
Larger Work Title Ecosystems
First page 578
Last page 589
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