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Ecosystem Services Linking Social and Ecological Systems: River Brownification and the Response of Downstream Stakeholders
Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Systems Ecology. Stockholm University, Stockholm Resilience Centre. (Natural resource management)
Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Systems Ecology. Stockholm University, Stockholm Resilience Centre. (Natural resource management)
2011 (English)In: Ecology & society, ISSN 1708-3087, Vol. 16, no 4, 21- p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The theoretical framework of ecosystem services and that of resilience thinking are combined in an empiricalcase study of a social-ecological system. In the River Helge å catchment in southern Sweden, a slow increase in dissolved organiccarbon (DOC) results in brownification of the water with consequences on ecosystem services in the lower part of the catchmentof concern by local resource managers. An assessment of ecosystem service delivery was conducted to (1) identify plausibledrivers of brownification in the study site and assess future ecosystem service delivery for stakeholders in downstream areas.An analysis of the perspective of beneficiaries, using qualitative methods, was pursued to (2) evaluate the impacts ofbrownification on downstream stakeholders.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2011. Vol. 16, no 4, 21- p.
Keyword [en]
adaptation; brownification; coping; ecosystem service; governance; resilience; response strategies; socialecological system; transformation
National Category
Environmental Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-80797DOI: 10.5751/ES-04456-160421ISI: 000298841900023OAI: diva2:557597
Available from: 2012-09-28 Created: 2012-09-28 Last updated: 2013-05-30Bibliographically approved
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1. Ecosystem services - a tool in sustainable landscape management
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Ecosystem services - a tool in sustainable landscape management
2012 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

In this thesis I have worked with the ambition of approaching the question of how human-ecology interaction can be articulated in a way that is useful as a vector for societal transformation. The thesis addresses the difficult question of how the ecosystem service framework may help to address mismatches between social and ecological systems.

e thesis contains five papers that both treats ecosystem services conceptually and make use of it as a reasearch tool in real landscapes. Paper I presents a typology of how tradeoffs between regulating and provisioning ecosystem services can be understood. Paper II uses the ecosystem service framework together with resilience thinking to identify stakeholders and analyse how they are affected by a change in ecosystem service delivery. Paper III investigates how a bridging organisation can counteract a social-ecological missmatch, and suggest how the strength of “bridging” can be measured. In paper IV a single ecosystem service is followed to understand on what scale management descision should be taken. Paper V expands upon how resilience thinking can complement an ecosystem service approach and presents a method, response strategy assessment, for estimating resilience in a social-ecological system.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Stockholm: Department of Systems Ecology, Stockholm University, 2012. 39 p.
ecosystem services, resilience, landscape, resource management, impact assessment, sustainability, sustainable
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Natural Resources Management
urn:nbn:se:su:diva-80802 (URN)978-91-7447-587-6 (ISBN)
Public defence
2012-10-26, Nordenskiöldsalen, Geovetenskapens hus, Svante Arrhenius väg 12, Stockholm, 13:00 (English)

At the time of doctoral defence the following papers were unpublished and had a status as follows: Paper 3: Manuscript; Paper 4: Manuscript.

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