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Role of Transients in Human Environmental Systems Hastings, Alan


I will show how understanding transient behavior is important in the management of ecological systems and discuss recent results that provide a general framework for understanding transient dynamics. The simplest transients arise in linear systems, where the cessation of fishing after implementation of a marine reserve provides an example which is both illustrative and important. I will discuss how dynamics after or near a â tipping pointâ are another key example. More generally, I will show how human-environmental systems are typically a mix of different time scales which makes transients likely. I will emphasize how the need to understand dynamics on different time scales makes an understanding of transients essential, and illustrate this and other aspects with examples.

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