U.S. Geological Survey - Science and Decisions Center
Management of wetlands needs to sustain important ecosystem functions such as providing breeding and migration habitat for waterfowl or buffering coastlines from storms. Credit: Steve Hillebrand, USFWS.
Resilience is the ability of a system or a community to absorb shocks and still retain the same basic structure and functions. Management for ecological resilience seeks flexible system behaviors that can deliver ecosystem goods and services on a sustained basis.
SDC is working with external organizations including the National Research Council to advance the understanding of sustainability and the effective use of sustainability science in natural resource decision making.