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Networking our way to better ecosystem service provision

The QUINTESSENCE Consortium. 2016 Networking our way to better ecosystem service provision. Trends in Ecology & Evolution, 31 (2). 105-115. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.tree.2015.12.003

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Abstract/Summary

The ecosystem services (EcoS) concept is being used increasingly to attach values to natural systems and the multiple benefits they provide to human societies. Ecosystem processes or functions only become EcoS if they are shown to have social and/or economic value. This should assure an explicit connection between the natural and social sciences, but EcoS approaches have been criticized for retaining little natural science. Preserving the natural, ecological science context within EcoS research is challenging because the multiple disciplines involved have very different traditions and vocabularies (common-language challenge) and span many organizational levels and temporal and spatial scales (scale challenge) that define the relevant interacting entities (interaction challenge). We propose a network-based approach to transcend these discipline challenges and place the natural science context at the heart of EcoS research.

Item Type: Publication - Article
Digital Object Identifier (DOI): https://doi.org/10.1016/j.tree.2015.12.003
CEH Sections/Science Areas: Pywell
ISSN: 0169-5347
Additional Information. Not used in RCUK Gateway to Research.: Open Access paper - full text available via Official URL link. CEH consortium participant: Michael J.O. Pocock.
NORA Subject Terms: Ecology and Environment
Agriculture and Soil Science
Date made live: 14 Jan 2016 17:16 +0 (UTC)
URI: http://nora.nerc.ac.uk/id/eprint/512635

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