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Forests 2015, 6(9), 3212-3217; doi:10.3390/f6093212

Decision Support for the Provision of Ecosystem Services under Climate Change: An Editorial

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Department of Forest and Soil Sciences, Institute of Silviculture, University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna A-1190, Austria
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Forest Research Centre, School of Agriculture, University of Lisbon, Lisbon 1349-017, Portugal
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Department of Forest Resource Management, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences Umea, Umea SE-901 83, Sweden
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Academic Editor: Eric J. Jokela
Received: 8 September 2015 / Accepted: 11 September 2015 / Published: 16 September 2015
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Abstract

The Special Issue “Providing Ecosystem Services under Climate Change: Community of Practice of Forest Decision Support Systems” is based on the presentations given at the 24th World Congress of the International Union of Forest Research Organizations and provides an overview on Forest Management Decision Support Systems currently designed and applied for the sustained provision of ecosystem services within the context of climate change. The contributions provide an overview on models, methods, techniques used in decision support and the proposed frameworks to support decision making. With populations and economies growing worldwide, the demands on forest resources increase, and sustaining the supply of ecosystem services becomes crucial. Through growing public participation in decisions regarding the management of natural resources, new demands have emerged for tools that support our understanding of environmental issues, and for the development and evaluation of alternative management options; there is a desire to project the consequences of different courses of action. Decision Support Systems (DSS) have been proven to solve such ill-structured decision problems by integrating database management systems with analytical and operational research models, thus providing various reporting capabilities. Several case studies focus on decision problems, the development and evaluation of alternative management options, and on projecting the consequences of different courses of action in the provision of ecosystem services. Conclusions on the state-of-the-art in decision support and the needed advances in research are drawn. View Full-Text
Keywords: decision support systems; ecosystem services; climate change; models; methods decision support systems; ecosystem services; climate change; models; methods
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Vacik, H.; Borges, J.G.; Garcia-Gonzalo, J.; Eriksson, L.-O. Decision Support for the Provision of Ecosystem Services under Climate Change: An Editorial. Forests 2015, 6, 3212-3217.

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