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Qualitative and Quantitative Methods to Assess Resilience

Speaker: Dr. Juan Rocha, Research Scientist at the Stockholm Resilience Centre (Stockholm University) and Future Earth

Resilience is the ability of a system to withstand disturbances without losing its function, structure, and hence its identity. Today, the concept is used in several scientific fields and the adopted in the policy realm. Yet, over 70 definitions of the concept exist and little agreement on how to operationalise, measure and compare resilience across systems.

This talk will showcase qualitative and quantitative methods to assess resilience. The qualitative case looks at the resilience as adaptive capacity of communities in the Arctic to ecological and socio-political perturbations. The quantitative case builds on the work of early warning signals of critical transitions to assess resilience loss in global primary productivity.