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Decomposing multiple dimensions of stability in global change experiments
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Science and Technology, Biology, Department of Ecology and Genetics, Limnology.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-5245-9935
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Science and Technology, Biology, Department of Ecology and Genetics, Limnology.
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Science and Technology, Biology, Department of Ecology and Genetics, Limnology.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-8920-3071
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2018 (English)In: Ecology Letters, ISSN 1461-023X, E-ISSN 1461-0248, Vol. 21, no 1, 21-30 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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Ecological stability is the central framework to understand an ecosystem's ability to absorb or recover from environmental change. Recent modelling and conceptual work suggests that stability is a multidimensional construct comprising different response aspects. Using two freshwater mesocosm experiments as case studies, we show how the response to single perturbations can be decomposed in different stability aspects (resistance, resilience, recovery, temporal stability) for both ecosystem functions and community composition. We find that extended community recovery is tightly connected to a nearly complete recovery of the function (biomass production), whereas systems with incomplete recovery of the species composition ranged widely in their biomass compared to controls. Moreover, recovery was most complete when either resistance or resilience was high, the latter associated with low temporal stability around the recovery trend. In summary, no single aspect of stability was sufficient to reflect the overall stability of the system.

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2018. Vol. 21, no 1, 21-30 p.
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Biodiversity, Biomass, Composition, Ecosystem functions, Fluctuations, Recovery, Resilience, Resistance
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Earth and Related Environmental Sciences Biological Sciences
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-334881DOI: 10.1111/ele.12867ISI: 000418133700003PubMedID: 29106075OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-334881DiVA: diva2:1161265
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Swedish Research Council Formas, 226-2012-1827
Available from: 2017-11-29 Created: 2017-11-29 Last updated: 2018-01-17Bibliographically approved

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