Sustainability 2012, 4(4), 430-461; doi:10.3390/su4040430

The Architecture and Measurement of an Ecosystem Services Index

1,2,3,*  and 4
Received: 5 January 2012; in revised form: 6 March 2012 / Accepted: 13 March 2012 / Published: 23 March 2012
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Environmental and Resource Economics)
View Full-Text   |   Download PDF [360 KB, uploaded 23 March 2012]
Abstract: This paper discusses the construction of an ecosystem services index (ESI) and the respective roles of ecology and economics in that effort. It extends the concept of an ESI, analogous to Gross Domestic Product, to other analogous indices, including an ecosystem price or value index, and a net ESI that accounts for interactions between ecosystem stocks and service flows. A central aim of this paper is to account for services in an economically and ecologically defensible manner. It thus also discusses the connection between ecological models and economic models in the construction of ecosystem services indices, the former on the quantity side and the latter on the price/value side of the index.
Keywords: ecosystem services; green accounting; green GDP; index numbers; ecological economics; sustainability
This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Export to BibTeX |

MDPI and ACS Style

Banzhaf, H.S.; Boyd, J. The Architecture and Measurement of an Ecosystem Services Index. Sustainability 2012, 4, 430-461.

AMA Style

Banzhaf HS, Boyd J. The Architecture and Measurement of an Ecosystem Services Index. Sustainability. 2012; 4(4):430-461.

Chicago/Turabian Style

Banzhaf, H. Spencer; Boyd, James. 2012. "The Architecture and Measurement of an Ecosystem Services Index." Sustainability 4, no. 4: 430-461.

Sustainability EISSN 2071-1050 Published by MDPI AG, Basel, Switzerland RSS E-Mail Table of Contents Alert