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SCALEFORES: Scaling Rules For Ecosystem Service Mapping

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Project "SCALEFORES" data sheet

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Organization address
address: Highfield
postcode: SO17 1BJ

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 Coordinator Country United Kingdom [UK]
 Total cost 1˙483˙096 €
 EC max contribution 1˙483˙096 € (100%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.1.1. (EXCELLENT SCIENCE - European Research Council (ERC))
 Code Call ERC-2015-STG
 Funding Scheme ERC-STG
 Starting year 2016
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2016-07-01   to  2021-06-30


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# participants  country  role  EC contrib. [€] 
1    UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHAMPTON UK (SOUTHAMPTON) coordinator 1˙483˙096.00


 Project objective

It is now widely recognized that sustainably managing ecosystem services – the benefits humans obtain from nature – is essential for humanity’s prospects in the 21st century and beyond. However, at present there is little data on the distribution of most services in most places.

To date, the discipline of ecosystem service mapping has tried overcome this lack of data by using proxies to map ecosystem services based on our perceived understanding of ecosystem services from small-scale studies. However, the most commonly used proxies have been shown to be inaccurate, particularly for understanding policy-relevant trade-offs and win-wins between ecosystem services. The challenge therefore remains - how do we reliably map such relationships between multiple ES, thereby enabling multifunctional, ES-based management of our landscapes?

In the SCALEFORES project, I will address this challenge head-on by developing and testing a novel methodological framework that enables the use of existing data to produce accurate maps of the relationships between ES in previously unmapped regions. The overarching idea underpinning SCALEFORES is that we can use information on the scale-dependency of relationships between existing social and ecological datasets (e.g. land cover, soil type, human population density) to create maps of trade-offs and win-wins between ecosystem services.

The SCALEFORES project will systematically examine the scale-dependency of relationships between ecosystem services and the social and ecological variables that underpin them. It will then use this knowledge to enable a step change increase in our ability to accurately map both relationships between ES and the distributions of ecosystem services themselves. The methodology developed in SCALEFORES will be validated against existing maps of ecosystem services in Europe, as this is the region with the best data on ecosystem services globally.


year authors and title journal last update
List of publications.
2017 Rebecca Spake, Rémy Lasseur, Emilie Crouzat, James M. Bullock, Sandra Lavorel, Katherine E. Parks, Marije Schaafsma, Elena M. Bennett, Joachim Maes, Mark Mulligan, Maud Mouchet, Garry D. Peterson, Catharina J.E. Schulp, Wilfried Thuiller, Monica G. Turner, Peter H. Verburg, Felix Eigenbrod
Unpacking ecosystem service bundles: Towards predictive mapping of synergies and trade-offs between ecosystem services
published pages: 37-50, ISSN: 0959-3780, DOI: 10.1016/j.gloenvcha.2017.08.004
Global Environmental Change 47 2019-06-19
2019 Rebecca Spake, Chloe Bellamy, Laura J. Graham, Kevin Watts, Tom Wilson, Lisa R. Norton, Claire M. Wood, Reto Schmucki, James M. Bullock, Felix Eigenbrod
An analytical framework for spatially targeted management of natural capital
published pages: 90-97, ISSN: 2398-9629, DOI: 10.1038/s41893-019-0223-4
Nature Sustainability 2/2 2019-05-07

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