Carrying Capacity Assessment

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Murray Lane:

"Given the dependence of societal systems on biophysical health, it is incumbent on populations to more clearly define the extent to which they encroach into the biophysical sphere. As Larson et al. 6 point out, “[b]y assessing the physical limitations, it is evident that there are real constraints on how much can actually be provided from what is ultimately a finite resource base.” However, at present, most local regions possess neither the tools nor the know-how to assess the productive capacity of their own precincts. To this end, carrying capacity assessment offers a way to assess our resource needs and also determine how best to meet these needs in the future. This process establishes direct causal relationships between a specific landscape, timeframe and people, and inherently links these aspects to systems of land usage and social function." (