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Regional Patterns of Ecosystem Services in Cultural Landscapes

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Früh-Müller, Andrea ; Hotes, Stefan ; Breuer, Lutz ; Wolters, Volkmar ; Koellner, Thomas:
Regional Patterns of Ecosystem Services in Cultural Landscapes.
In: Land. Vol. 5 (22 June 2016) Issue 2 . - 19 Seiten.
ISSN 2073-445X
DOI: https://doi.org/10.3390/land5020017

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European agricultural landscapes have been shaped by humans to produce marketable private goods such as food, feed, fiber and timber. Land-use intensification to increase provisioning services in such productive landscapes alters the capacity of ecosystems to supply other services (often public goods and services) that are also vital for human wellbeing. However, the interactions, synergies and trade-offs among ecosystem services are poorly understood. We assessed the spatial distribution of the services carbon storage, sediment regulation, water yield, crop production, timber supply, and outdoor recreation in the counties Wetterau and Vogelsberg (Hessen, Germany). These counties represent a gradient from intensive arable land use to more extensive mixed land use systems with domination of grassland and forests. Spatially explicit models were used to map the location and quantity of service supply. We addressed the following questions: (1) Where are areas of high and low supply of individual and multiple ecosystem services? (2) Where do the strongest trade-offs and synergies between different services occur? Our results show a pronounced spatial aggregation of different ecosystem services, with locations where at least four services are being supplied at high levels occupying only 5% of the landscape. Indicators for water provision, timber supply, carbon storage, erosion control, and outdoor recreation are positively related to each other, but this relationship is influenced by the trade-offs associated with the ecosystem service food production. Optimization of ecosystem services at the landscape scale has to take these patterns into account.

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Item Type: Article in a journal
Refereed: Yes
Additional notes: BAYCEER136785
Keywords: ecosystem bundles; multifunctional landscapes; landscape heterogeneity; cultural landscapes; spatial pattern
Institutions of the University: Faculties > Faculty of Biology, Chemistry and Earth Sciences > Department of Earth Sciences > Professorship Ecological Services > Professorship Ecological Services - Univ.-Prof. Dr. Thomas Köllner
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Faculties > Faculty of Biology, Chemistry and Earth Sciences
Faculties > Faculty of Biology, Chemistry and Earth Sciences > Department of Earth Sciences
Faculties > Faculty of Biology, Chemistry and Earth Sciences > Department of Earth Sciences > Professorship Ecological Services
Result of work at the UBT: Yes
DDC Subjects: 500 Science > 550 Earth sciences, geology
Date Deposited: 24 Jun 2016 07:16
Last Modified: 14 Mar 2018 10:31
URI: https://eref.uni-bayreuth.de/id/eprint/33071