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Mapping ecosystem services across scales and continents - A review
Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Stockholm Resilience Centre.
Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Stockholm Resilience Centre.
Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Physical Geography and Quaternary Geology.
Number of Authors: 4
2015 (English)In: Ecosystem Services, ISSN 2212-0416, E-ISSN 2212-0416, Vol. 13, 57-63 p.Article, review/survey (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Tremendous progress in ecosystem service mapping across the world has moved the concept of ecosystem services forward towards an increasingly useful tool for policy and decision making. There is a pressing need to analyse the various spatial approaches used for the mapping studies. We reviewed ecosystem services mapping literature in respect to spatial scale, world distribution, and types of ecosystem services considered. We found that most world regions were represented among ecosystem service mapping studies and that they included a diverse set of ecosystem services, relatively well distributed across different ecosystem service categories. A majority of the studies were presented at intermediary scales (municipal and provincial level), and 66% of the studies used a fine resolution of 1 ha or less. The intermediary scale of presentation is important for land use policy and management. The fact that studies are conducted at a fine resolution is important for informing land management practices that mostly takes place at the scale of fields to villages. Ecosystem service mapping could be substantially advanced by more systematic development of cross-case comparisons and methods.

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2015. Vol. 13, 57-63 p.
Keyword [en]
Land use, Management, Policy, Review, Spatial scale
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Biological Sciences Earth and Related Environmental Sciences Social and Economic Geography Environmental Sciences
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Natural Resources Management
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-123361DOI: 10.1016/j.ecoser.2015.01.006ISI: 000363666400006OAI: diva2:873921
Available from: 2015-11-25 Created: 2015-11-24 Last updated: 2016-09-27
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