PerspectiveEcology

Seeking resilience in marine ecosystems

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Science  02 Mar 2018:
Vol. 359, Issue 6379, pp. 986-987
DOI: 10.1126/science.aas9852

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Summary

Resilience is a popular narrative for conservation and provides an opportunity to communicate optimism that ecosystems can recover and rebound from disturbances. A resilience lens also reinforces the need for continued conservation investments, even in degraded ecosystems. It is probably for these reasons that resilience has become a conceptual cornerstone in the management of tropical coral reefs, which are one of the ecosystems most vulnerable to climate change.