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Ecosystem services and associated concepts

Dick, Jan McP.; Smith, Rognvald I.; Scott, E. Marion. 2011 Ecosystem services and associated concepts. Environmetrics, 22 (5). 598-607. 10.1002/env.1085

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Abstract/Summary

In this paper, we explore the practicality and limitations of the ecosystem services concept. The enthusiasm for the analytical investigation of services delivered by ecosystems is driven by the realisation that local, national and international policies are not protecting ecosystems and the full range of services they deliver to humans.We briefly review the history of the term and consider a range of analytical frameworks proposed to study ecosystem services. The problem of understanding ecosystems across varying spatial and temporal scales is a recurring theme and we argue that systems analysis such as world-systems and panarchy analysis is useful in this context. Translating any one of these frameworks to an operational definition presents some challenges, which are briefly discussed in terms of measurement and quantification.

Item Type: Publication - Article
Digital Object Identifier (DOI): 10.1002/env.1085
Programmes: CEH Topics & Objectives 2009 onwards > Biodiversity > BD Topic 3 - Managing Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services in a Changing Environment
CEH Sections: Billett
Watt
ISSN: 1180-4009
Additional Keywords: panarchy, world-systems analysis, ISSE, Environmental Change Network
NORA Subject Terms: Ecology and Environment
Date made live: 08 Sep 2011 13:33
URI: http://nora.nerc.ac.uk/id/eprint/15088

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