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Energyscapes: linking the energy system and ecosystem services in real landscapes

Howard, D.C.; Burgess, P.J.; Butler, S.J.; Carver, S.J.; Cockerill, T.; Coleby, A.M.; Gan, G.; Goodier, C.J.; van der Horst, D.; Hubacek, K.; Lord, R.; Mead, A.; Rivas-Casado, M.; Wadsworth, R.A.; Scholefield, P.. 2013 Energyscapes: linking the energy system and ecosystem services in real landscapes. Biomass and Bioenergy, 55. 17-26. 10.1016/j.biombioe.2012.05.025

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Abstract/Summary

The drive for sustainable energy production is leading to increased deployment of land based renewables. Although there is public support, in principle, for renewable energy at a national level, major resistance to renewable energy technologies often occurs at a local level. Within this context, it can be useful to consider the “energyscape” which we initially define as the complex spatial and temporal combination of the supply, demand and infrastructure for energy within a landscape. By starting with a consideration of the energyscape, we can then consider the positive and negative interactions with other ecosystem services within a particular landscape. This requires a multi-disciplinary systems-approach that uses existing knowledge of landscapes, energy options, and the different perspectives of stakeholders. The approach is examined in relation to pilot case-study comprising a 155 km2 catchment in Bedfordshire, England

Item Type: Publication - Article
Digital Object Identifier (DOI): 10.1016/j.biombioe.2012.05.025
Programmes: CEH Topics & Objectives 2009 - 2012 > Biodiversity
CEH Topics & Objectives 2009 - 2012 > Biogeochemistry
CEH Sections: Parr
Shore
ISSN: 0961-9534
Additional Keywords: energyscape, ecosystem services, energy system, Britain, Marston Vale
NORA Subject Terms: Ecology and Environment
Management
Date made live: 21 Aug 2012 15:09
URI: http://nora.nerc.ac.uk/id/eprint/19315

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