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Retrospective Sustainability and Resilience: Complementary Concepts for Managing Systems

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Technical Report

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Engineer Research and Development Center Vicksburg United States

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No matter the region, locality, or purpose, any given water resource system represents a node within a network of built, natural, and socioeconomic systems. Changes or disturbances to a single node can propagate across these networks of systems, but proper management of disturbances can mitigate impact to a systems performance levels. Effective management of disturbances will be required for the system to persist and function far into the future. Resilience and sustainability are systems management concepts that collectively and holistically address response to disturbance, including the long-term persistence of a system. The goal of this technical note is to compare and clarify the utility and complementarity of the concepts of sustainability and resilience, specifically within the context of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers USACE water resources mission areas. To do so, a brief review and discussion of the relationship between resilience and sustainability systems management concepts is conducted, concluding with the proposal that a combined approach is needed in order to apply both to their greatest effect in the context of water resources management.

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  • Agricultural Engineering
  • Water Pollution and Control

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