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Definition of Sensitivity:
(conservation assessment) An assessment of the intolerance of a species or habitat to damage from an external factor and the time taken for its subsequent recovery.
This is the common definition for Sensitivity, other definitions can be discussed in the article
For example, a very sensitive species or habitat is one that is very adversely affected by an external factor arising from human activities or natural events (killed/destroyed, 'high' intolerance) and is expected to recover over a very long period of time, i.e. >10 or up to 25 years ('low'; recoverability). Intolerance and hence sensitivity must be assessed relative to change in a specific factor.
- ↑ McLeod C.R. (1996). Glossary of marine ecological terms, acronyms and abbreviations used in MNCR work. In Marine Nature Conservation Review: rationale and methods. (Edited by K. Hiscock). Peterborough: Joint Nature Conservation Committee. Appendix 1, pp. 93-110.