Analysis of temporal change in delivery of ecosystem services over 20 years at long term monitoring sites of the UK Environmental Change Network

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Dick, J., Andrews, C., Beaumont, D. A., Benham, S., Dodd, N., Pallett, D., Rose, R., Scott, T., Smith, Ron, Schafer, S. M., Turner, A. and Watson, H. 2016. Analysis of temporal change in delivery of ecosystem services over 20 years at long term monitoring sites of the UK Environmental Change Network. Ecological Indicators. 68 (September), pp. 115-125.

AuthorsDick, J., Andrews, C., Beaumont, D. A., Benham, S., Dodd, N., Pallett, D., Rose, R., Scott, T., Smith, Ron, Schafer, S. M., Turner, A. and Watson, H.
Abstract

The drivers and pressures experienced by farmland, forestry and upland sites in the UK Environmental Change Network (ECN) over the last 20 years are reported through the lens of recognised approaches to the assessment of ecosystem service delivery. Temporal trends in ecosystem service delivery were examined using two methods: qualitative narratives and quantitative scoring of ecosystem service delivery according to land cover. While all sites included in this study are within the same national governance unit (i.e. UK), individual local management decisions were the main agents driving change, influenced by EU and national policies. Gradual change in focus from provisioning to cultural ecosystem services was a persistent trend across most sites, and apparent in both methods. There was generally no net loss in regulating services at the sites. The two methods were subjective but as data were not available for the breadth of ecosystem services present at the sites between 1993 and 2012, it was concluded that it is more informative for holistic assessments to draw on qualitative expert opinion than to ignore less quantifiable services such as many of the cultural services.

KeywordsLTER; Long term ecological research; Site-based research; Socio-ecological research; Trade-offs among ecosystem services
Year of Publication2016
JournalEcological Indicators
Journal citation68 (September), pp. 115-125
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)doi:10.1016/j.ecolind.2016.02.021
Open accessPublished as non-open access
FunderBiotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council
Funder project or codeThe Rothamsted Long-Term Experiments including Sample Archive and e-RA database [2012-2017]
Output statusPublished
Publication dates
Online23 Mar 2015
Publication process dates
Accepted04 Feb 2015
PublisherElsevier
Elsevier Science Bv
Copyright licensePublisher copyright
ISSN1470-160X

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