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Multiple Stable States in Natural Ecosystems$
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Peter Petraitis

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199569342

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199569342.001.0001

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Multiple Stable States in Natural Ecosystems

Peter Petraitis

Oxford University Press

This chapter explains the reason why experimental tests and modeling cannot provide accurate answers to the issues surrounding multiple stable states. It remains an open question if multiple stable states are common in nature, but their existence implies that previous events could have a vital role in shaping present-day accumulations. The chapter also discusses the results of Before-After-Impact-Control (BACI) in testing the multiple stable states. It concludes that there are two things that could be done to improve the quality and quantity of experimental results — to improve access to primary data and negative results, and to have greater transparency about causality in order to make bolder conjectures.

Keywords:   experimental test, modeling, multiple stable states, Before-After-Impact-Control, causality

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