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Resistance is a measure of the ability of an ecosystem to resist change following a disturbance such as fire or harvesting or following some change in conditions or resource supply. It is usually assessed in terms of the size of the response made to the disturbance or change. Resilience is a measure of the speed with which an ecosystem recovers after a disturbance and returns to a steady state. The effects of fire provide a good illustration of the two terms. Thus northern coniferous forest (taiga) burns easily in summer when conditions are dry, so it has a low resistance to fire.
5% of the variance. However, the pattern of residuals around the regression suggests that extrapolation of the linear model beyond 1910 may not be appropriate (Fig. 13b). If the linear model was appropriate we would expect an even scatter of points around the line. In this example the value of r is estimated over a period of time when high levels of immigration were occurring in the USA and therefore is likely to be higher than r estimated for a closed population. 2). Both of these equations describe geometric or exponential population change; the first in continuous time and the second in discrete time.
This hypothesis can be tested against the null model of random distribution in space which can be modelled with the Poisson distribution. ) e − x . . ) e − x The first term gives the probability of 1 m2 of ground containing zero plants, the second term gives the probability of 1 m2 containing one plant and so on. S T OC H A S T I C M OD E L S 47 The fact that the terms can be summed to 1 means that we can determine the probability that a square metre contains at least one plant by calculating 1 − e−x.