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Scale and ecosystem services: how do observation, management, and analysis shift with scale-lessons from Quebec
Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Stockholm Resilience Centre.
Number of Authors: 2
2016 (English)In: Ecology & society, ISSN 1708-3087, E-ISSN 1708-3087, Vol. 21, no 3, 16Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Ecosystem service assessment and management are shaped by the scale at which they are conducted; however, there has been little systematic investigation of the scales associated with ecosystem service processes, such as production, benefit distribution, and management. We examined how social-ecological spatial scale impacts ecosystem service assessment by comparing how ecosystem service distribution, trade-offs, and bundles shift across spatial scales. We used a case study in Quebec, Canada, to analyze the scales of production, consumption, and management of 12 ecosystem services and to analyze how interactions among 7 of these ecosystem services change across 3 scales of observation (1, 9, and 75 km(2) ). We found that ecosystem service patterns and interactions were relatively robust across scales of observation; however, we identified 4 different types of scale mismatches among ecosystem service production, consumption, and management. Based on this analysis, we have proposed 4 aspects of scale that ecosystem service assessments should consider.

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2016. Vol. 21, no 3, 16
Keyword [en]
covariance, ecosystem service bundles, Mont Saint-Hilaire, problem of fit, scaling, social-ecological, spatial, trade-offs
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Biological Sciences Social and Economic Geography
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-136235DOI: 10.5751/ES-08605-210316ISI: 000385720400020OAI: diva2:1055257
Available from: 2016-12-12 Created: 2016-12-01 Last updated: 2016-12-12Bibliographically approved

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