Natural Capital: Theory and Practice of Mapping Ecosystem Services

Natural Capital: Theory and Practice of Mapping Ecosystem Services

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In 2005, The Millennium Ecosystem Assessment (MA) provided the first global assessment of the world's ecosystems and ecosystem services. It concluded that recent trends in ecosystem change threatened human wellbeing due to declining ecosystem services. This bleak prophecy has galvanized conservation organizations, ecologists, and economists to work toward rigorous valuations of ecosystem services at a spatial scale and with a resolution that can inform public policy. The editors have assembled the world's leading scientists in the fields of conservation, policy analysis, and resource economics to provide the most intensive and best technical analyses of ecosystem services to date. A key idea that guides the science is that the modelling and valuation approaches being developed should use data that are readily available around the world. In addition, the book documents a toolbox of ecosystem service mapping, modeling, and valuation models that both The Nature Conservancy and the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) are beginning to apply around the world as they transform conservation from a biodiversity only to a people and ecosystem services agenda. The book addresses land, freshwater, and marine systems at a variety of spatial scales and includes discussion of how to treat both climate change and cultural values when examining tradeoffs among ecosystem services.Impacts of land use changes on the hydrologic regime in the Minnesota River Basin. PhD Thesis ... Environmental Systems Research Institute Hydrologic Engineering Center (ESRI-HEC). (2004). HEC GeoRAS Tools Overview Manual.

Title:Natural Capital: Theory and Practice of Mapping Ecosystem Services
Author:Peter Kareiva, Heather Tallis, Taylor H. Ricketts, Gretchen C. Daily, Stephen Polasky
Publisher:OUP Oxford - 2011-04-07


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