Spatial & temporal variation in ecosystem services

The vital importance of nature in providing humans with a wide diversity of benefits is indisputable. Substantial challenges remain, however, in measuring many of these ecosystem services (particularly cultural ones), in documenting their spatial and temporal variation and how they flow across landscapes to their beneficiaries, in their inclusion in planning processes, and in their effective management. We conduct research on all of these issues.

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