Aggregate measures of ecosystem services

Can we take the pulse of nature?

Laura A. Meyerson, Jill Baron, Jerry M. Melillo, Robert J. Naiman, Robin I. O'Malley, Gordon Orians, Margaret A. Palmer, Alexander S P Pfaff, Steven W. Running, Osvaldo Sala

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Abstract

National scale aggregate indicators of ecosystem services are useful for stimulating and supporting a broad public discussion about trends in the provision of these services. There are important considerations involved in producing an aggregate indicator, including whether the scientific and technological capacity exists, how to address varying perceptions of the societal importance of different services, and how to communicate information about these services to both decision makers and the general public. Although the challenges are formidable, they are not insurmountable. Quantification of ecosystem services and dissemination of information to decision makers and the public is critical for the responsible and sustainable management of natural resources.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)56-59
Number of pages4
JournalFrontiers in Ecology and the Environment
Volume3
Issue number1 SPEC. ISS.
StatePublished - Feb 2005
Externally publishedYes

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Meyerson, L. A., Baron, J., Melillo, J. M., Naiman, R. J., O'Malley, R. I., Orians, G., ... Sala, O. (2005). Aggregate measures of ecosystem services: Can we take the pulse of nature? Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment, 3(1 SPEC. ISS.), 56-59.

Aggregate measures of ecosystem services : Can we take the pulse of nature? / Meyerson, Laura A.; Baron, Jill; Melillo, Jerry M.; Naiman, Robert J.; O'Malley, Robin I.; Orians, Gordon; Palmer, Margaret A.; Pfaff, Alexander S P; Running, Steven W.; Sala, Osvaldo.

In: Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment, Vol. 3, No. 1 SPEC. ISS., 02.2005, p. 56-59.

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Meyerson, LA, Baron, J, Melillo, JM, Naiman, RJ, O'Malley, RI, Orians, G, Palmer, MA, Pfaff, ASP, Running, SW & Sala, O 2005, 'Aggregate measures of ecosystem services: Can we take the pulse of nature?', Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment, vol. 3, no. 1 SPEC. ISS., pp. 56-59.
Meyerson LA, Baron J, Melillo JM, Naiman RJ, O'Malley RI, Orians G et al. Aggregate measures of ecosystem services: Can we take the pulse of nature? Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment. 2005 Feb;3(1 SPEC. ISS.):56-59.
Meyerson, Laura A. ; Baron, Jill ; Melillo, Jerry M. ; Naiman, Robert J. ; O'Malley, Robin I. ; Orians, Gordon ; Palmer, Margaret A. ; Pfaff, Alexander S P ; Running, Steven W. ; Sala, Osvaldo. / Aggregate measures of ecosystem services : Can we take the pulse of nature?. In: Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment. 2005 ; Vol. 3, No. 1 SPEC. ISS. pp. 56-59.
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