The Nature and Value of Ecosystem Services: An Overview Highlighting Hydrologic Services

Posted: 21 Dec 2007

See all articles by Kate A. Brauman

Kate A. Brauman

Stanford University

Gretchen Daily

Stanford University - Department of Biology

T. Duarte

University of Hawaii

Harold Mooney

Stanford University - Department of Biological Sciences

Abstract

Ecosystem services, the benefits that people obtain from ecosystems, are a powerful lens through which to understand human relationships with the environment and to design environmental policy. The explicit inclusion of beneficiaries makes values intrinsic to ecosystem services; whether or not those values are monetized, the ecosystem services framework provides a way to assess trade-offs among alternative scenarios of resource use and land- and seascape change. We provide an overview of the ecosystem functions responsible for producing terrestrial hydrologic services and use this context to lay out a blueprint for a more general ecosystem service assessment. Other ecosystem services are addressed in our discussion of scale and trade-offs. We review valuation and policy tools useful for ecosystem service protection and provide several examples of land management using these tools. Throughout, we highlight avenues for research to advance the ecosystem services framework as an operational basis for policy decisions.

Keywords: water supply, land management, hydrology, freshwater, flood control, environmental policy, ecosystem valuation

Suggested Citation

Brauman, Kate A. and Daily, Gretchen and Duarte, T. and Mooney, Harold, The Nature and Value of Ecosystem Services: An Overview Highlighting Hydrologic Services. Annual Review of Environment and Resources, Vol. 32, November 2007. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1076747

Kate A. Brauman (Contact Author)

Stanford University ( email )

Stanford, CA 94305
United States

Gretchen Daily

Stanford University - Department of Biology ( email )

Gilbert Building, Rm 109
371 Serra Mall
Stanford, CA 94305
United States

T. Duarte

University of Hawaii ( email )

Honolulu, HI 96822
United States

Harold Mooney

Stanford University - Department of Biological Sciences ( email )

Gilbert Building, Rm 109
371 Serra Mall
Stanford, CA 94305
United States

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