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When, where, and how nature matters for ecosystem services: challenges for the next generation of ecosystem service models

When, where, and how nature matters for ecosystem services: challenges for the next generation of ecosystem service models
When, where, and how nature matters for ecosystem services: challenges for the next generation of ecosystem service models
Many decision-makers are looking to science to clarify how nature supports human well-being. Scientists’ responses have typically focused on empirical models of the provision of ecosystem services (ES) and resulting decision-support tools. Although such tools have captured some of the complexities of ES, they can be difficult to adapt to new situations. Globally useful tools that predict the provision of multiple ES under different decision scenarios have proven challenging to develop. Questions from decision-makers and limitations of existing decision-support tools indicate three crucial research frontiers for incorporating cutting-edge ES science into decision-support tools: (1) understanding the complex dynamics of ES in space and time, (2) linking ES provision to human well-being, and (3) determining the potential for technology to substitute for or enhance ES. We explore these frontiers in-depth, explaining why each is important and how existing knowledge at their cutting edges can be incorporated to improve ES decision-making tools.
ecosystem services, natural capital, modeling, decision-making, decision-support tools
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Rieb, Jesse T., Chaplin-Kramer, Rebecca, Daily, Gretchen C., Daily, Gretchen C., Armsworth, Paul R., Böhning-Gaese, Katrin, Böhning-Gaese, Katrin, Bonn, Aletta, Bonn, Aletta, Bonn, Aletta, Cumming, Graeme S., Eigenbrod, Felix, Grimm, Volker, Grimm, Volker, Jackson, Bethanna M., Marques, Alexandra, Marques, Alexandra, Marques, Alexandra, Pattanayak, Subhrendu K., Pereira, Henrique M., Pereira, Henrique M., Peterson, Garry D., Ricketts, Taylor H., Robinson, Brian E., Schröter, Matthias, Schröter, Matthias, Schulte, Lisa A., Seppelt, Ralf, Seppelt, Ralf, Turner, Monica G., Bennett, Elena M. and Bennett, Elena M. (2017) When, where, and how nature matters for ecosystem services: challenges for the next generation of ecosystem service models. BioScience, 67 (9), 820-833. (doi:10.1093/BIOSCI/bix075).

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Abstract

Many decision-makers are looking to science to clarify how nature supports human well-being. Scientists’ responses have typically focused on empirical models of the provision of ecosystem services (ES) and resulting decision-support tools. Although such tools have captured some of the complexities of ES, they can be difficult to adapt to new situations. Globally useful tools that predict the provision of multiple ES under different decision scenarios have proven challenging to develop. Questions from decision-makers and limitations of existing decision-support tools indicate three crucial research frontiers for incorporating cutting-edge ES science into decision-support tools: (1) understanding the complex dynamics of ES in space and time, (2) linking ES provision to human well-being, and (3) determining the potential for technology to substitute for or enhance ES. We explore these frontiers in-depth, explaining why each is important and how existing knowledge at their cutting edges can be incorporated to improve ES decision-making tools.

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Accepted/In Press date: 24 May 2017
e-pub ahead of print date: 2 August 2017
Published date: 1 September 2017
Keywords: ecosystem services, natural capital, modeling, decision-making, decision-support tools

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Local EPrints ID: 412085
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/412085
ISSN: 0006-3568
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ORCID for Felix Eigenbrod: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0001-8982-824X

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Author: Jesse T. Rieb
Author: Rebecca Chaplin-Kramer
Author: Gretchen C. Daily
Author: Gretchen C. Daily
Author: Paul R. Armsworth
Author: Katrin Böhning-Gaese
Author: Katrin Böhning-Gaese
Author: Aletta Bonn
Author: Aletta Bonn
Author: Aletta Bonn
Author: Graeme S. Cumming
Author: Felix Eigenbrod ORCID iD
Author: Volker Grimm
Author: Volker Grimm
Author: Bethanna M. Jackson
Author: Alexandra Marques
Author: Alexandra Marques
Author: Alexandra Marques
Author: Subhrendu K. Pattanayak
Author: Henrique M. Pereira
Author: Henrique M. Pereira
Author: Garry D. Peterson
Author: Taylor H. Ricketts
Author: Brian E. Robinson
Author: Matthias Schröter
Author: Matthias Schröter
Author: Lisa A. Schulte
Author: Ralf Seppelt
Author: Ralf Seppelt
Author: Monica G. Turner
Author: Elena M. Bennett
Author: Elena M. Bennett

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