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Integrating subjective and objective dimensions of resilience in fire-prone landscapes

Author(s): Philip E. Higuera, Alexander L. Metcalf, Carol Miller, Brian Buma, Dave McWethy, Elizabeth C. Metcalf, Zak Ratjczak, Cara R. Nelson, Brian C. Chaffin, Richard C. Stedman, Sarah M. McCaffrey, Tania L. Schoennagel, Brian J. Harvey, Sharon M. Hood, Courtney Schultz, Anne E. Black, Dave Campbell, Julia H. Haggerty, Robert E. Keane, Meg A. Krawchuk, Judith C. Kulig, Rebekah Rafferty, Arika Virapongse
Year Published: 2019

Resilience has become a common goal for science-based natural resource management, particularly in the context of changing climate and disturbance regimes. Integrating varying perspectives and definitions of resilience is a complex and often unrecognized challenge to applying resilience concepts to social–ecological systems (SESs) management. Using wildfire as an example, we develop a framework to expose and separate two important dimensions of resilience: the inherent properties that maintain structure, function, or states of an SES and the human perceptions of desirable or valued components of an SES. In doing so, the framework distinguishes between value-free and human-derived, value-explicit dimensions of resilience. Four archetypal scenarios highlight that ecological resilience and human values do not always align and that recognizing and anticipating potential misalignment is critical for developing effective management goals. Our framework clarifies existing resilience theory, connects literature across disciplines, and facilitates use of the resilience concept in research and land-management applications.

Citation: Philip E Higuera, Alexander L Metcalf, Carol Miller, Brian Buma, David B McWethy, Elizabeth C Metcalf, Zak Ratajczak, Cara R Nelson, Brian C Chaffin, Richard C Stedman, Sarah McCaffrey, Tania Schoennagel, Brian J Harvey, Sharon M Hood, Courtney A Schultz, Anne E Black, David Campbell, Julia H Haggerty, Robert E Keane, Meg A Krawchuk, Judith C Kulig, Rebekah Rafferty, Arika Virapongse, Integrating Subjective and Objective Dimensions of Resilience in Fire-Prone Landscapes, BioScience, Volume 69, Issue 5, May 2019, Pages 379–388, https://doi.org/10.1093/biosci/biz030
Topic(s): Fire Communication & Education, Recovery after fire, Resilience
Ecosystem(s): None
Document Type: Book or Chapter or Journal Article
NRFSN number: 19464
Record updated: May 10, 2019