Led by Kate Brauman from the University of Minnesota, and along with Bonnie Keeler from the Natural Capital Project, we are convening an Ecosystem Services session at the American Geophysical Union meeting in San Francisco, California. The meeting will be December 15-19, 2014 (we'll find out the exact date of our session in the fall).
We promise excellent, innovative science, and the best selection of chocolate at AGU!
Please submit an abstract by clicking on the session link below.
Submission Deadline: Wednesday, 6 August 2014.
Session 2163: Ecosystem Services: Translating Biophysical Functions to Human Benefits and Values
Climate change and land-use changes affect many of the benefits that people derive from nature. Maintaining important ecosystem services requires improved measurement and management of service delivery. However, our ability to model and predict changes in ecosystem services requires linking measures of ecosystem structure and function (e.g., net primary productivity, water flows and quality) with information on the preferences of beneficiaries in order to quantify the goods and services that directly benefit people (e.g., crop yields, flood protection, disease reduction, enhanced recreation). This session will highlight work from a range of disciplines and research areas focused on the nexus of biophysical science and ecosystem service assessment. Submissions that go even further along this causal chain, examining how ecosystem services translate into benefits (e.g., contribute to human health and well-being) and values (both monetary and non-), are especially encouraged.