carrying capacity


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carrying capacity

an estimate of the number of people that a region, a nation, or the planet can sustain.

car·ry·ing ca·pac·i·ty

(kar'ē-ing kă-pas'i-tē)
An estimate of the number of people that a region, a nation, or the planet can sustain.

carrying capacity

the capacity of a particular habitat with reference to the maximum number of organisms which that habitat can normally support, e.g. the maximum number of wading birds an estuary can support.

carrying capacity

the number of animal units that a farm or area will carry on a year round basis, including that needed for conservation of winter feed. Usually stated as dry cows or dry sheep equivalents per hectare.
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BSS cautions that climate change is going to have a bearing on the carrying capacity of Indian agriculture.
Formulation of load carrying capacity of timber joint has been proposed few decades ago by Johansen [4], later known as EYM, which is very straight forward though it underestimates the actual load carrying capacity.
By many experts are described in this paper is defined on the carrying capacity of water resources is in the specific area of water energy in the specific historical period of development, with the advance of science and technology, to understand the social and economic development level as the basis, establish the sustainable development rules, to maintain the good ecological environment as a prerequisite for the development.
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DENR officials had warned then that the island's carrying capacity could be reached within three years if the problems of environmental degradation and implementation of the island's Comprehensive Land Use Plan (CLUP) would not be addressed.
Several techniques have been used for determining the carrying capacity for this species.
Among which: TEC stands for tourism ecological carrying capacity ([hm.
Daily can also be ordered as a chassis cab and is suitable for fitment with a wide variety of different bodywork, including box, curtainside, refrigerated, tipper and Luton options to ensure maximum load carrying capacity in a variety of applications," he adds.
the Altea XL the vehicle is a five-seater, but with more rear leg room and greater carrying capacity for luggage.
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The conversion entails the construction of a garage on the weather deck which will increase the ships' car carrying capacity with approximately 70%," Eidsiva Rederi said.
But to the extent that wildlife exceed the carrying capacity of the diminishing habitat we grant them, it is also in part due to the intentional manipulation of wild populations to supply animals for hunters to kill.