Special Issue "Exploring the Relationships between Land Use and Ecosystem Services"
A special issue of Land (ISSN 2073-445X).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (18 November 2020).
Interests: adaptation; climate change; ecosystem services; land use/cover change; migration; resilience; tipping points
Interests: climate change; environmental modelling; ecosystem services; remote sensing; landscape ecology
Interests: forest ecosystem services; land management practice; adaptation; sustainability; resilience; plant health; wildlife management
Interests: ecosystem services; spatial dynamics; conservation; restoration; agro-ecosystems
Interest in ecosystem services (ES) surged in the late 90s, with land cover-based benefit transfer methods used to estimate the global value of ecosystem services, causing international debate. Since then, ES research has undoubtedly moved on, but large knowledge gaps remain. When can land cover be used as a proxy for ecosystem service use? What are the links between the biophysical production of ecosystem services and their use? How can we identify who is using which ecosystem services? Do static inputs (e.g. one-off surveys or satellite images) adequately capture dynamic ecosystem service information? Can ecosystem service methods be standardized across landscapes, or do different communities require different methods?
We believe a shift in focus from land cover to land use (both at local and national scales) will help us understand the delivery of ES to society and concomitant synergies/trade-offs in use between beneficiaries and the sustainability of this use. However, to best achieve this shift, many questions need to be answered, for example:
- What level of land use categorization is appropriate for representing ES?
- How does land use change affect the scale and magnitude of ES in real time (i.e. rather than assuming an immediate snap to the new land use and ES level)?
- What information needs to be added to land use to better represent ES variation?
- How do different cultural and ethical relations to land and its use affect the flow of ecosystem services?
Such advances are necessary if the Sustainable Development Goals are to be achieved by 2030.
This Special Issue aims to provide a collection of papers that critically evaluate the links between observed land use and ES, including but not exclusive to the questions raised above. We welcome manuscripts from all disciplines (including both the natural and social sciences) and using a variety of methods (i.e. from in-depth case studies to global models).
Dr. Simon Willcock
Dr. Javier Martínez-López
Dr. Norman Dandy
Prof. Dr. James Bullock
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- benefit transfer
- ecosystem service
- land cover
- land use
- sustainable development goals