Renewable resources behave in specific ways determined by how their use and subsystems interact.
They have three main behaviors:
- Dynamic equilibrium is found by overshooting use and then balancing.
- Oscillation is similar, but rather than balancing, undershooting leads back to overshooting.
- Collapse happens when overshooting overwhelms restoration feedback loops.
Which behavior occurs stems from two factors:
- The threshold at which regeneration capability loses effectiveness.
- Speed and effectiveness of balancing feedback loops informing users of the decline.