Ecosystem Services Modelling

This page concerns ecosystem service modelling, which refers to methods used to quantify ecosystem services, the benefits from nature that support and fulfil human life. The content on this page discusses the decision-support modelling packages (integrated valuation of ecosystem services and trade-offs), artificial intelligence for ecosystem services and Co$ting Nature/Waterworld, as well as other technical models and frameworks. The latter include integrated assessment models, general equilibrium models, Lund–Potsdam–Jena Dynamic Global Vegetation Model and Life Cycle Assessment models.

The Chapter summary video gives a brief introduction and summary of this group of methods, what SES problems/questions they are useful for, and key resources needed to conduct the methods. The methods video/s introduce specific methods, including their origin and broad purpose, what SES problems/questions the specific method is useful for, examples of the method in use and key resources needed. The Case Studies demonstrate the method in action in more detail, including an introduction to the context and issue, how the method was used, the outcomes of the process and the challenges of implementing the method. The labs/activities give an example of a teaching activity relating to this group of methods, including the objectives of the activity, resources needed, steps to follow and outcomes/evaluation options.

More details can be found in Chapter 31 of the Routledge Handbook of Research Methods for Social-Ecological Systems.

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Key Publications related to Ecosystem Services Modelling:
  • Díaz S., U. Pascual, M. Stenseke, B. Martín-López, R.T. Watson, Z. Molnár, R. Hill et al. 2018. ‘Assessing Nature’s Contributions to People.’ Science 359(6373): 270–272.
  • Millennium Ecosystem Assessment. 2005. Ecosystems and Human Well-being: Synthesis. Washington: Island Press.
  • Neugarten, R.A., P.F. Langhammer, E. Osipova, K.J. Bagstad, N. Bhagabati, S.H. Butchart, N. Dud-ley et al. 2018. Tools for Measuring, Modelling, and Valuing Ecosystem Services: Guidance for Key Biodiver-sity Areas, Natural World Heritage Sites, and Protected Areas. Gland: IUCN.
  • Reyers, B., R. Biggs, G.S. Cumming, T. Elmqvist, A.P. Hejnowicz, and S. Polasky. 2013. ‘Getting the Measure of Ecosystem Services: A Social-Ecological Approach.’ Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment 11(5): 268–273.
  • Rieb, J.T., R. Chaplin-Kramer, G.C. Daily, P.R. Armsworth, K.  Böhning-Gaese, A. Bonn, G.S. Cumming et al. 2017. ‘When, Where, and How Nature Matters for Ecosystem Services: Challenges for the Next Generation of Ecosystem Service Models.’ BioScience 67: 820–833.