EME 504
Foundations in Sustainability Systems

Summary and Final Tasks

The term "tipping points" has become widely used in media, but is not necessarily widely understood. This is problematic because as we move from back-of-the-envelope to fully-quantitative analyses of disequilibrium conditions, we have the risk of applying the wrong kind of analytical approach to particular problems.

The objectives of this module were as follows:

  1. Define and characterize natural systems from a thermodynamic framework.
  2. Become familiar with the mathematical and graphical representation of tipping points.
  3. Use concepts of tipping points to distinguish between renewable and non-renewable resources.
  4. Apply the concepts of minimum viable population and limited resilience intervals to ecosystem management.


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