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Non-linearity

Similar term(s): non-linear change.

Definition:

A non-linear change is a change that is not based on a simple proportional relationship between cause and effect. Therefore, such changes are often abrupt, unexpected, and difficult to predict.

Source: GreenFacts

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A relationship or process in which a small change in the value of a driver (i.e., an independent variable) produces a disproportionate change in the outcome (i.e., the dependent variable).

Relationships where there is a sudden discontinuity or change in rate are sometimes referred to as abrupt and often form the basis of thresholds. In loose terms, they may lead to unexpected outcomes or “surprises”.

Source: Millennium Ecosystem Assessment  Glossary

Related words:

Driver - Ecological surprises - Ecosystem change - Threshold (in an ecosystem)

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GreenFacts Summary on Ecosystem Change:

Translation(s):

Español: No lineal
Français: Non linéaire

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