Overview and Objectives

Overview - What Will You Learn in this Lesson?

This lesson discusses what alternative stable states and regime shifts are and how they relate to understanding and interpreting natural phenomena.


This lesson covers the concept of alternative stable stateĀ and regime shifts. At the completion of this lesson, you should be able to:

  1. Describe the concepts of alternative states or regimes, thresholds, and regime shifts and how they come together under alternative state theory
  2. Explain how scale, resilience, and hysteresis play a role in alternative stable state theory
  3. Identify the management value of alternative stable state theory, its application to real world problems, and its role in global change

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This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grants No. DGE-1735362 and 1920938. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.