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Natural Capital: Theory and Practice of Mapping Ecosystem Services

Peter Kareiva, Heather Tallis, Taylor H. Ricketts, Gretchen C. Daily, and Stephen Polasky


In 2005, The Millennium Ecosystem Assessment provided the first global assessment of the world’s ecosystems and ecosystem services. It concluded that recent trends in ecosystem change threatened human well-being due to declining ecosystem services, a bleak prophecy which has galvanized conservation organizations, ecologists, and economists to work towards rigorous valuations of ecosystem services at a spatial scale and with a resolution that can inform public policy. This book provides an intensive and technical analysis of ecosystem services to date. A key idea which guides the science is tha ... More

Keywords: Millennium Ecosystem Assessment, ecosystem, modelling, valuation, service mapping, land systems, marine systems, freshwater systems

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780199588992
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2013 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199588992.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Peter Kareiva, editor
Chief Scientist and Vice President, The Nature Conservancy and Visiting Professor, Santa Clara University, USA

Heather Tallis, editor
Lead Scientist, The Natural Capital Project, Stanford University, USA

Taylor H. Ricketts, editor
Managing Director, Conservation Science Program, World Wildlife Fund, USA

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Section I A vision for ecosystem services in decisions

Chapter 1 Mainstreaming natural capital into decisions

Gretchen C. Daily, Peter M. Kareiva, Stephen Polasky, Taylor H. Ricketts, and Heather Tallis

Section II Multi-tiered models for ecosystem services

Chapter 4 Water supply as an ecosystem service for hydropower and irrigation

Guillermo Mendoza, Driss Ennaanay, Marc Conte, Michael Todd Walter, David Freyberg, Stacie Wolny, Lauren Hay, Sue White, Erik Nelson, and Luis Solorzano

Chapter 5 Valuing land cover impact on storm peak mitigation

Driss Ennaanay, Marc Conte, Kenneth Brooks, John Nieber, Manu Sharma, Stacie Wolny, and Guillermo Mendoza

Chapter 6 Retention of nutrients and sediment by vegetation

Marc Conte, Driss Ennaanay, Guillermo Mendoza, Michael Todd Walter, Stacie Wolny, David Freyberg, Erik Nelson, and Luis Solorzano

Chapter 7 Terrestrial carbon sequestration and storage

Marc Conte, Erik Nelson, Karen Carney, Cinzia Fissore, Nasser Olwero, Andrew J. Plantinga, Bill Stanley, and Taylor Ricketts

Chapter 8 The provisioning value of timber and non-timber forest products

Erik Nelson, Claire Montgomery, Marc Conte, and Stephen Polasky

Chapter 9 Provisioning and regulatory ecosystem service values in agriculture

Erik Nelson, Stanley Wood, Jawoo Koo, and Stephen Polasky

Chapter 10 Crop pollination services

Eric Lonsdorf, Taylor Ricketts, Claire Kremen, Rachel Winfree, Sarah Greenleaf, and Neal Williams

Chapter 11 Nature-based tourism and recreation

W. L. (Vic) Adamowicz, Robin Naidoo, Erik Nelson, Stephen Polasky, and Jing Zhang

Chapter 12 Cultural services and non-use values

Kai M. A. Chan, Joshua Goldstein, Terre Satterfield, Neil Hannahs, Kekuewa Kikiloi, Robin Naidoo, Nathan Vadeboncoeur, and Ulalia Woodside

Chapter 13 Terrestrial biodiversity

Erik Nelson, D. Richard Cameron, James Regetz, Stephen Polasky, and Gretchen Daily

Section III Extensions, applications, and the next generation of ecosystem service assessments

Chapter 14 Putting ecosystem service models to work: conservation, management, and trade-offs

Stephen Polasky, Giorgio Caldarone, T. Ka’eo Duarte, Joshua Goldstein, Neil Hannahs, Taylor Ricketts, and Heather Tallis

Chapter 16 Poverty and the distribution of ecosystem services

Heather Tallis, Stefano Pagiola, Wei Zhang, Sabina Shaikh, Erik Nelson, Charlotte Stanton, and Priya Shyamsundar

Chapter 17 Ecosystem service assessments for marine conservation

Anne D. Guerry, Mark L. Plummer, Mary H. Ruckelshaus, and Chris J. Harvey

Chapter 18 Modeling the impacts of climate change on ecosystem services

Joshua J. Lawler, Erik Nelson, Marc Conte, Sarah L. Shafer, Driss Ennaanay, and Guillermo Mendoza

Chapter 19 Incorporating ecosystem services in decisions

Emily McKenzie, Frances Irwin, Janet Ranganathan, Craig Hanson, Carolyn Kousky, Karen Bennett, Susan Ruffo, Marc Conte, James Salzman, and Jouni Paavola

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