EME 504
Foundations in Sustainability Systems

5.5 Minimum Viable Population and Limited Resilience Intervals

Another field where tipping point analysis is commonly applied is ecology. In particular, this value becomes important as the number of members of a species approaches the minimum viable population (MVP). A minimum viable population is defined as the minimum number of individuals below which populations have an unacceptable risk of extirpation.

Identifying and understanding the behavior of the threshold functions that influence a species' population is critical to reduce the risk of approaching the MVP.