Operationalizing the ecosystems approach: assessing the environmental impact of major infrastructure development

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dc.contributor.author Zawadzka, Joanna
dc.contributor.author Corstanje, Ronald
dc.contributor.author Fookes, J.
dc.contributor.author Nichols, Jonathan
dc.contributor.author Harris, Jim A.
dc.date.accessioned 2017-03-21T15:18:51Z
dc.date.available 2017-03-21T15:18:51Z
dc.date.issued 2017-03-19
dc.identifier.citation Zawadzka JE, Corstanje R, et al., Operationalizing the ecosystems approach: assessing the environmental impact of major infrastructure development, Ecological Indicators, Volume 78, July 2017, Pages 75 - 84. en_UK
dc.identifier.issn 1470-160X
dc.identifier.uri http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ecolind.2017.03.005
dc.identifier.uri http://dspace.lib.cranfield.ac.uk/handle/1826/11630
dc.description.abstract The ecosystem services approach is increasingly applied in the context of environmental resources management and impact assessment. Assessments often involve analysis of alternative scenarios for which potential changes in ecosystem services are quantified. For such assessments to be effective there is a requirement to represent changes in ecosystem services supply in a clear and informative manner. Here we compute Ecosystem Services Ratio (ESR), a simple index that quantifies the relative change in ecosystem service provision under altered conditions given the baseline, and the Modified Ecosystem Services State Index, which averages the ESR scores obtained for each ecosystem service assessed, to provide an overall measure of the change. Given that modelling approaches to quantification of ecosystem services often result in production of maps of ecosystem supply, the proposed metrics can be visualized as maps in support to decision making processes. We use these indices to investigate potential changes in the supply of seven modelled ecosystem services resulting from the introduction of a major road development – a highway with associated green infrastructure – into a predominantly agricultural landscape in the UK. We find that the planted woodland, scrubland and grassland can increase the supply of multiple ecosystem services not accounted for in previous green infrastructure studies, although the magnitude of change differs with the type of vegetation, initial conditions and timeframes of the assessment. en_UK
dc.language.iso en en_UK
dc.publisher Elsevier en_UK
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dc.subject Ecosystem services en_UK
dc.subject Changes en_UK
dc.subject Quantification en_UK
dc.subject Visualization en_UK
dc.subject Green infrastructure en_UK
dc.title Operationalizing the ecosystems approach: assessing the environmental impact of major infrastructure development en_UK
dc.type Article en_UK

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