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Oecologia

, Volume 65, Issue 1, pp 101–107 | Cite as

A universal law of the characteristic return time near thresholds

  • C. Wissel
Original Papers

Summary

Dramatic changes at thresholds in multiple stable ecosystems may be irreversible if caused by man. The characteristic return time to an equilibrium increases when a threshold is approached. A universal law for this increase is found, which may be used to forecast the position of a threshold by extrapolation of empirical data. Harvesting experiments on populations are proposed that can be used to verify the method. Preliminary harvesting experiments on rotifer populations display a good agreement with the theory.

Keywords

Empirical Data Return Time Stable Ecosystem Characteristic Return Rotifer Population 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • C. Wissel
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  1. 1.Fachbereich Physik der UniversitätMarburgFederal Republic of Germany

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