Over the past decade, considerable progress has been made in modeling ecosystem services (ES) and biodiversity, capturing complex processes with relatively simple approaches to demonstrate the benefits of nature to people. While these models capture much of the basic processes of ES, our understanding of the ecological underpinnings of ES remains rudimentary. We will synthesize what has been learned from these models, highlight key gaps, and suggest improvements that would improve the usefulness of these models in real world decision-making.
Paul Armsworth (University of Tennessee, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, US); Elena Bennett (McGill University, Natural Resource Sciences, Canada); Katrin Böhning-Gaese (Senckenberg Biodiversity and Climate Research Centre, Frankfurt am Main, Germany); Aletta Bonn (iDiv/UFZ, Ecosystem Services, Leipzig, Germany); Rebecca Chaplin-Kramer (University of Stanford , Biology/Woods Institute for the Environment, US); Graeme Cumming (University of Cape Town, Percy FitzPatrick Institute, South Africa); Gretchen Daily (University of Stanford , Biology, US); Felix Eigenbrod (University of Southampton, Biological Sciences, UK); Volker Grimm (Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research - UFZ, Department of Ecological Modelling, Germany); Bethanna Jackson (Victoria University of Wellington, School of Geography, Environment and Earth Science, New Zealand); Alexandra Marques (iDiv, Biodiversity Conservation Group, Leipzig, Germany); Subhrendu Pattanayak (Duke University, PUBLIC POLICY & ENVIRONMENT, US); Henrique Pereira (iDiv, Biodiversity Conservation Group, Leipzig, Germany); Garry Peterson (University of Stockholm, Stockholm Resilience Centre, Sweden); Jesse Rieb (McGill University, Natural Resource Sciences, Canada); Matthias Schröter (iDiv/UFZ, Ecosystem Services, Leipzig, Germany); Lisa Schulte Moore (University of Iowa State , Natural Resource Ecology & Managment, US); Ralf Seppelt (Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research - UFZ, Computational Landscape Ecology, Germany); Monica Turner (University of Wisconsin-Madison, Zoology Department, US)
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