Optimal carrying capacity
optimal carrying capacity
Glossary of "Environmental Science: Earth as a Living Planet (2nd ed.)" by Botkin & Keller (1998)
- This term has several meanings, but the major idea is the maximum abundance of a population or species that can persist in an ecosystem without degrading the ability of the ecosystem to maintain: (1) that population or species; (2) all necessary ecosystem processes; and (3) the other species found in that ecosystem.
- Botkin, D. B. & Keller, E. A. 1998. Environmental Science: Earth as a Living Planet, 2nd ed. -xxxxii + 649 pp. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., New York.