Conclusions

Overall, the many and varied definitions of carrying capacity, typically stated in rather vague and ambiguous terms, render the concept to be most useful in theoretical ecology. Efforts to parametrize and measure carrying capacity in the field have proven problematic, such that the practical utility of the concept is questionable. This dilemma is especially true when considering the worldwide carrying capacity of humans, which seems better approached by the concept of ecological footprint. Nonetheless, the carrying capacity concept is clearly of heuristic value given the fundamental truth that no population can grow without limit, and especially given the fact that many human societies have behaved as if no limits exist.

See also-. Abundance; Biomass; Death; Ecological Footprint; Evolutionary Ecology. Overview; Fecundity; Fisheries Management; Fishery Models; Grazing Models; Grazing; Growth Constraints. Michaelis-Menten Equation and Liebig's Law; Growth Models; Human Population Growth; Limits to Growth; Maximum Sustainable Yield; Mortality; Prey-Predator Models; Stability; k-Dominance Curves; r-Strategist/K-Strategists.

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