sLandServ - Linking Landscape Structure to Ecosystem Services

1st date: 11.-15.12.2017
2nd date: 02.-06.07.2018

PIs: Jonathan Rhodes; Jean Paul Metzger

Anthropogenic landscape change is one of the most pervasive impacts on the natural environment. The resulting changes in landscape structure (i.e., composition and configuration of landscapes) has profound consequences for biodiversity, ecosystem function and the ecosystem services that humans depend upon. Fortunately, we have a rich theoretical and empirical basis for understanding how changes in landscape structure affect biodiversity. Yet, understanding the role of landscape structure for ecosystem service provision is still in its infancy. To develop better insights for sustainability, a more complete understanding of how landscape structure drives ecosystem service supply, demand and benefits is required. This working group will address this challenge by developing a new predictive framework for how landscape structure affects ecosystem service provision that is explicit about how spatial socio-ecological processes generate ecosystem service benefits. First we will generate new testable hypotheses about the effect of changes in landscape structure on the spatial structure of ecosystem service supply and demand. Then, by integrating a socio-ecological network approach to represent landscape connections between areas of supply and demand, new insights into the relationships between landscape structure and ecosystem service provision will be delivered. Using empirical data, spatial models and network theory we will then test the hypotheses derived from the framework and identify the implications for trade-offs among ecosystem services and environmental policy. The outputs of this working group will generate new perspectives for ecosystem service science and provide much needed theory and predictive models for understanding ecosystem service provision at landscape scales.

Örjan Bodin (Stockholm University), L. Roman Carrasco (National University of Singapore), Anna Cord  (Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research - UFZ), Lukas Egli (Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research - UFZ), Felix Eigenbrod (University of Southampton), Marie-Josee Fortin (University of Toronto), Laura Graham (University of Southampton), Martine Maron (The University of Queensland), Jean Paul Metzger (University of Sao Paulo), Matthew Mitchell (University of British Columbia), Jonathan Rhodes (The University of Queensland), Barbara Schroeter (Leibniz-Centre for Agricultural Landscape Research (ZALF) , Ralf Seppelt (Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research - UFZ)

Remote Participants
Elena Bennett (McGill University), Wolfgang Weisser (TU München)

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