Resilience in our environment. (by Diego Fdez-Sevilla)

Resilience in our environment. (by Diego Fdez-Sevilla)

Here I present a paper from 1998 sharing points of view with my own about the role played by resilience in our environment and our understanding when modelling changes in our ecosystem. However, I would like to extend the meaning of the paper to a broader field which is the role played by resilience in the debate of Human impact in the global ecosystem, trying to close the circle between several posts that I had published previously.

I believe that there is an interrelationship among previous posts in my blog which might well make a point altogether. These posts are interrelated in the difficulty of identifying, and understanding, synergistic interactions between mechanisms of resilience present in our environment, working as much in the environment sustaining life as in the environment sustaining the scientific debate aimed to understand it.

You can either go through those posts and the added comments (you might enjoy the ride or not, but I would appreciate only constructive comments) or just take a look at the paper that I am introducing here.

Overall, in my previous posts I have been aiming to point out the relevance of recognising the role played by mechanisms of resilience in the whole approach towards analysing the impact of the human species development in the ecosystem. I have looked at the mentality applied Cross pollinators and the risk of specialization the screw and the knife”, “Cultural cognition and the role it plays in polarizing debates“, the methodological approach Cooking an environment”, “Climate, normal variability or change?”, relevant climatic events, “Climate variability and energy balance”, “Met Office. The Recent Storms and Floods in the UK (Feb 2014)”, and the integration of resilience in the debate “Resilience in our models”, and Resilience in our environment (present post and paper).

Independently from the links that I find with my own points of view, I believe that the following paper is worthy of being known by anybody interested in the subject of environmental impact assessment. I have added a brief part from the conclusions section.

The following paper addresses the challenges of interpreting connections triggering climatic events due to the difficulty of modelling synergistic interactions between environmental mechanisms of resilience affecting the water cycle.

Biospheric Aspects of the Hydrological Cycle. Hutjes et al.. J. of Hydrology (1998)

A number of recent sensitivity studies have shown the effects large-scale land cover conversion can have on weather and climate. Plant physiological control of evaporation affects surface energy partitioning and as a result boundary layer temperature, humidity and growth. In turn this can affect rainfall through its effects on the formation of clouds and on the triggering of convection. Ultimately it may also affect synoptic phenomena as the seasonal movements in polar and inter-tropical fronts. Thereby land surface anomalies exert their influence well beyond the region in which they occur. This influence occurs on practically all spatial and time scales, affecting both individual storm events as well as climate transitions following the last glaciation. It occurs at all latitudes, from tropics to sub-polar regions, and both in the continental interiors, as well as at their more marine influenced fringes.

Increased understanding of complex systems does not guarantee we can also predict their fate. Climate change may become virtually unpredictable after inclusion in our models of all possible terrestrial and bio-geo-chemical feedbacks, with their additional non-linearities and thresholds. This would require an entirely new approach to climate change (impact) studies, focusing less on global means, trends and predictions, but more on regional rates, thresholds and resulting risks and options. Methodologies to assess risks and vulnerability need to be developed that take account of interactions and feedbacks between atmospheric, ecological and hydrological processes at different spatial and temporal scales. In the context of water resources this is the central issue in BAHC cross cutting theme B (see appendix).
Having identified the ‘weak spots’ in the earth system in this way we will be better equipped to develop scenarios of future environmental change, and analyse them for threats.


About Diego Fdez-Sevilla, PhD.

Citing This Site "Title", published online "Month"+"Year", retrieved on "Month""Day", "Year" from By Diego Fdez-Sevilla, PhD. More guidance on citing this web as a source can be found at NASA webpage:! DOIs can be generated on demand by request at email: d.fdezsevilla(at) for those publications missing at the ResearchGate profile vinculated with this project. **Author´s profile: Born in 1974. Bachelor in General Biology, Masters degree "Licenciado" in Environmental Sciences (2001, Spain). PhD in Aerobiology (2007, UK). Lived, acquired training and worked in Spain, UK, Germany and Poland. I have shared the outcome from my work previous to 2013 as scientific speaker in events held in those countries as well as in Switzerland and Finland. After 12 years performing research and working in institutions linked with environmental research and management, in 2013 I found myself in a period of transition searching for a new position or funding to support my own line of research. In the current competitive scenario, in order to demonstrate my capacities instead of just moving my cv waiting for my next opportunity to arrive, I decided to invest my energy and time in opening my own line of research sharing it in this blog. In March 2017 the budget reserved for this project has ended and its weekly basis time frame discontinued until new forms of economic and/or institutional support are incorporated into the project. The value of the data and the original nature of the research presented in this platform and at LinkedIn has proved to be worthy of consideration by the scientific community as well as for publication in scientific journals. However, without a position as member of an institution, it becomes very challenging to be published. I hope that this handicap do not overshadow the value of my achievements and that the Intellectual Property Rights generated with the license of attribution attached are respected and considered by the scientist involved in similar lines of research. **Any comment and feedback aimed to be constructive is welcome as well as any approach exploring professional opportunities to be part of.** In this blog I publish pieces of research focused on addressing relevant environmental questions. Furthermore, I try to break the barrier that academic publications very often offer isolating scientific findings from the general public. In that way I address those topics which I am familiar with, thanks to my training in environmental research, making them available throughout my posts. (see "Framework and Timeline" for a complete index). At this moment, 2017, I am living in Spain with no affiliation attachments. Free to relocate geographically worldwide. If you feel that I could be a contribution to your institution, team and projects don´t hesitate in contact me at d.fdezsevilla (at) or consult my profile at LinkedIn, ResearchGate and Also, I'd appreciate information about any opportunity that you might know and believe it could match with my aptitudes. The conclusions and ideas expressed in each post as part of my own creativity are part of my Intellectual Portfolio and are protected by Intellectual Property Laws. Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial conditions. In citing my work from this website, be sure to include the date of access. (c)Diego Fdez-Sevilla, PhD, 2017. Filling in or Finding Out the gaps around. Publication accessed 20YY-MM-DD at
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