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Incorporating geodiversity in ecosystem service decisions

Incorporating geodiversity in ecosystem service decisions
Incorporating geodiversity in ecosystem service decisions

Holistic conservation of ecosystem services (ES) requires a greater understanding of how the interactions of biotic and abiotic aspects of nature provide them. Currently, geodiversity, the diversity of geology, geomorphology, sediments and soils and hydrology, as well as the services that they provide in isolation of interactions with biotic nature–geosystem services (GS)–are overlooked in ES literature and frameworks. Here, we provide a series of three nested frameworks which together help to provide clarity for both the theoretical role of geodiversity in service production as well as the basis for real-world management strategies. First, we present the ‘Geodiversity Flower’, a framework that can be operationalised to provide clarity in terminology to decision-makers. Second, we present the ‘Geo-Eco Services Framework’, which establishes the difference between ES and GS. The final framework presented is the ‘Geo-Eco Services Cascade Model’, which builds upon the widely used ES cascade model by demonstrating how geodiversity interacts with biotic nature to simultaneously provide ES and GS. Providing a holistic model that integrates both biotic and abiotic nature alongside ES and GS allows for a greater understanding of the roles of abiotic and biotic nature to services and their associated benefits and values to people.

Catharina Schulp, Geodiversity, ecosystem services, geosystem services, management framework
2639-5916
151-159
Graham, Laura
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Eigenbrod, Felix
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Bullock, James M.
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Fox, Nathan
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Parks, Katherine
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Graham, Laura
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Eigenbrod, Felix
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Bullock, James M.
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Fox, Nathan
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Parks, Katherine
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Graham, Laura, Eigenbrod, Felix, Bullock, James M., Fox, Nathan and Parks, Katherine (2020) Incorporating geodiversity in ecosystem service decisions. Ecosystems and People, 16 (1), 151-159. (doi:10.1080/26395916.2020.1758214).

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Abstract

Holistic conservation of ecosystem services (ES) requires a greater understanding of how the interactions of biotic and abiotic aspects of nature provide them. Currently, geodiversity, the diversity of geology, geomorphology, sediments and soils and hydrology, as well as the services that they provide in isolation of interactions with biotic nature–geosystem services (GS)–are overlooked in ES literature and frameworks. Here, we provide a series of three nested frameworks which together help to provide clarity for both the theoretical role of geodiversity in service production as well as the basis for real-world management strategies. First, we present the ‘Geodiversity Flower’, a framework that can be operationalised to provide clarity in terminology to decision-makers. Second, we present the ‘Geo-Eco Services Framework’, which establishes the difference between ES and GS. The final framework presented is the ‘Geo-Eco Services Cascade Model’, which builds upon the widely used ES cascade model by demonstrating how geodiversity interacts with biotic nature to simultaneously provide ES and GS. Providing a holistic model that integrates both biotic and abiotic nature alongside ES and GS allows for a greater understanding of the roles of abiotic and biotic nature to services and their associated benefits and values to people.

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Accepted/In Press date: 14 April 2020
e-pub ahead of print date: 13 May 2020
Additional Information: Publisher Copyright: © 2020, © 2020 The Author(s). Published by Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group.
Keywords: Catharina Schulp, Geodiversity, ecosystem services, geosystem services, management framework

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Local EPrints ID: 439738
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/439738
ISSN: 2639-5916
PURE UUID: dac35ba5-f940-4347-b796-6c620d757f2a
ORCID for Felix Eigenbrod: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0001-8982-824X

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Date deposited: 01 May 2020 16:30
Last modified: 27 Sep 2022 01:42

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Author: Laura Graham
Author: Felix Eigenbrod ORCID iD
Author: James M. Bullock
Author: Nathan Fox
Author: Katherine Parks

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