This article is published in Environmetrics as a special issue on Quantitative approaches to ecosystem service evaluation, edited by R. I. Smith, Centre for Ecology and Hydrology, UK; E. M. Scott, School of Mathematics and Statistics, University of Glasgow, UK; J. McP. Dick, Centre for Ecology and Hydrology, UK.
Special Issue Paper
Ecosystem services and associated concepts†
Article first published online: 23 MAR 2011
Copyright © 2011 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
Special Issue: Quantitative Approaches to Ecosystem Service Evaluation
Volume 22, Issue 5, pages 598–607, August 2011
How to Cite
Dick, J. McP., Smith, R. I. and Scott, E. M. (2011), Ecosystem services and associated concepts. Environmetrics, 22: 598–607. doi: 10.1002/env.1085
- Issue published online: 4 JUL 2011
- Article first published online: 23 MAR 2011
- Manuscript Accepted: 5 OCT 2010
- Manuscript Revised: 27 AUG 2010
- Manuscript Received: 17 JUN 2010
- world-systems analysis;
- Environmental Change Network
In this paper, we explore the practicality and limitations of the ecosystem services concept. The enthusiasm for the analytical investigation of services delivered by ecosystems is driven by the realisation that local, national and international policies are not protecting ecosystems and the full range of services they deliver to humans. We briefly review the history of the term and consider a range of analytical frameworks proposed to study ecosystem services. The problem of understanding ecosystems across varying spatial and temporal scales is a recurring theme and we argue that systems analysis such as world-systems and panarchy analysis is useful in this context. Translating any one of these frameworks to an operational definition presents some challenges, which are briefly discussed in terms of measurement and quantification. Copyright © 2011 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.