Data Tools & Methodologies

The Importance of Species Identity & Interactions for Multifunctionality Depends on How Ecosystem Functions are Valued

9th October 2017
Published under: Data Tools & Methodologies

This paper was originally published in Ecology.  “Abstract: Studies investigating how biodiversity affects ecosystem functioning increasingly focus on multiple functions measured simultaneously (“multifunctionality”). However, few such studies assess the role of species interactions, particularly under alternative environmental scenarios, despite interactions being key to ecosystem functioning. Here we address five questions of central importance to ecosystem multifunctionality… [more]

Managerial Views of Corporate Impacts and Dependencies on Ecosystem Services: A Case of International and Domestic Forestry Companies in China

2nd October 2017
Published under: Data Tools & Methodologies

This paper was originally published in Journal of Business Ethics.  “A line of research is emerging investigating the private sector impacts and dependencies on critical biodiversity and ecosystem services, and related business risks and opportunities. While the ecosystem services narrative is being forwarded globally as a key paradigm for promoting business sustainability, there is scarce knowledge… [more]

Translating Regime Shifts in Shallow Lakes into Changes in Ecosystem Functions & Services

2nd October 2017
Published under: Data Tools & Methodologies

This paper was originally published in BioScience.  “Shallow lakes, the most prevalent type of freshwater ecosystems, can shift between clear states with macrophyte dominance and turbid, phytoplankton-dominated states. Such transformations, commonly termed regime shifts, have gained increasing attention in recent decades. Of 1084 studies documenting regime shifts, only 28% investigated the consequences for ecosystem functions… [more]

Twenty Years of Ecosystem Services Research: How Far Have We Come & How Far Do We Still Need to Go?

2nd October 2017
Published under: Data Tools & Methodologies,Enabling Environment

This paper was originally published in Ecosystem Services.  Highlights We review the history leading up to two 1997 publications on ecosystem services. We review the subsequent debates, research, and institutions they triggered. We summarize lessons learned during the 20 years since 1997. We provide recommendations for the future of research and practice. Ecosystem services are at… [more]

How to Overcome the Implementation Gap in Ecosystem Services? A User-Friendly & Inclusive Tool for Improved Urban Management

28th September 2017
Published under: Case Studies,Data Tools & Methodologies

This paper was originally published in Land Use Policy.  “One of the main issues with the concept of ecosystem services is its absence on the ground in concrete operational decision-making contexts; that is, an implementation gap. In this study, we investigated if this gap could be overcome through the use of open-source data and free tools,… [more]

Ecosystem Services Provided by Biocrusts: From Ecosystem Functions to Social Values

27th September 2017
Published under: Data Tools & Methodologies,Why Natural Capital?

This paper was originally published in Journal of Arid Environments. “Abstract: Dryland ecosystems usually show low productivity, considerable water losses and land degradation problems associated with soil erosion. Most bare-looking areas in these ecosystems are covered by biocrusts, which represent an important nitrogen and carbon sink and provide essential ecosystem services. However, until now no studies analyzed the role of biocrusts… [more]