William Sidemo Holm. Photo.

William Sidemo Holm

Doctoral student (Leave of Absence)

William Sidemo Holm. Photo.

Temporal patterns in ecosystem services research : A review and three recommendations

Author

  • Anna-Lena Rau
  • Verena Burkhardt
  • Christian Dorninger
  • Cecilia Hjort
  • Karin Ibe
  • Lisa Keßler
  • Jeppe Ågård Kristensen
  • Andrew Mcrobert
  • William Sidemo Holm
  • Heike Zimmermann
  • David J. Abson
  • Henrik von Wehrden
  • Johan Ekroos

Summary, in English

Temporal aspects of ecosystem services have gained surprisingly little attention given that ecosystem service flows are not static but change over time. We present the first systematic review to describe and establish how studies have assessed temporal patterns in supply and demand of ecosystem services. 295 studies, 2% of all studies engaging with the ecosystem service concept, considered changes in ecosystem services over time. Changes were mainly characterised as monotonic and linear (81%), rather than non-linear or through system shocks. Further, a lack of focus of changing ecosystem service demand (rather than supply) hampers our understanding of the temporal patterns of ecosystem services provision and use. Future studies on changes in ecosystem services over time should (1) more explicitly study temporal patterns, (2) analyse trade-offs and synergies between services over time, and (3) integrate changes in supply and demand and involve and empower stakeholders in temporal ecosystem services research.

Department/s

  • BECC - Biodiversity and Ecosystem services in a Changing Climate
  • Biodiversity
  • MERGE - ModElling the Regional and Global Earth system
  • Dept of Physical Geography and Ecosystem Science
  • Centre for Environmental and Climate Science (CEC)
  • Biodiversity and Conservation Science

Publishing year

2019-11-27

Language

English

Pages

1-17

Publication/Series

Ambio: a Journal of Human Environment

Document type

Journal article

Publisher

Springer

Topic

  • Ecology
  • Environmental Sciences
  • Physical Geography

Status

Published

Research group

  • Biodiversity and Conservation Science

ISBN/ISSN/Other

  • ISSN: 0044-7447