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Forests 2016, 7(7), 128; doi:10.3390/f7070128

A Linear Programming Model to Biophysically Assess Some Ecosystem Service Synergies and Trade-Offs in Two Irish Landscapes

UCD Forestry, School of Agriculture & Food Science, UCD, Belfield, Dublin 4, Ireland
These authors contributed equally to this work.
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Received: 24 February 2016 / Revised: 8 June 2016 / Accepted: 14 June 2016 / Published: 23 June 2016
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Ecosystem service provisions are becoming more frequently used to assess land-use related conflicts in recent decades. This study investigates the current spatial and research information available to quantify ecosystem services relative to forest land-use planning in Ireland. A model is developed using the linear-programming method in Remsoft’s Woodstock platform. This model is applied to two case study areas in Ireland: Western Peatlands and Newmarket. Each case study area was chosen to assess a unique issue in the Irish and European context on the provision of ecosystem services. Western Peatlands was chosen to assess the effects of forest and alternative land-use options and Newmarket was chosen to investigate the effect of afforestation. The synergies and trade-offs of biophysically optimising the provisions of each ecosystem service are presented and discussed. The study quantitatively determines that trade-offs among provisions of some ecosystem services are required when optimising an ecosystem service while other ecosystem services are synergistic when the provision of a single ecosystem service is optimised. View Full-Text
Keywords: ecosystem services; biophysical; optimisation; linear programming; Remsoft ecosystem services; biophysical; optimisation; linear programming; Remsoft
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Corrigan, E.; Nieuwenhuis, M. A Linear Programming Model to Biophysically Assess Some Ecosystem Service Synergies and Trade-Offs in Two Irish Landscapes. Forests 2016, 7, 128.

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