Journal article

Considering landscape-level processes in ecosystem service assessments

Jean Paul Metzger, Jaramar Villarreal-Rosas, Andres F Suarez-Castro, Soffa Lopez-Cubillos, Adrian Gonzalez-Chaves, Rebecca K Runting, Camila Hohlenwerger, Jonathan R Rhodes



The provision of ecosystem services is inherently spatial. Landscape structure affects service provision through multiple landscape-level processes, such as fragmentation, edge and connectivity effects. These processes can affect areas of ecosystem service supply and demand, and the flows linking those areas. Despite the emergence of sophisticated spatial ecosystem service assessments in the last two decades, we show through a literature review that landscape-level processes are still rarely considered in a comprehensive way. Even when they are considered, landscape effects are mostly limited to landscape composition, and configuration effects are underrepresented. Furthermore, most studies ..

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Funding Acknowledgements

JPM and JRR were supported by a joint collaboration funding (FAPESP/SPRINT project n. 2017/50015-5) involving the University of Sao Paulo (USP) and the University of Queensland (UQ) . JPM was funded by the National Council for Scientific and Technological Development (CNPQ, 307934/2011-0) , and all Brazilian members were also supported by another FAPESP grant (Interface Project, N. 2013/23457-6) . JVR was supported by a University of Queens-land Research Training Scholarship, University of Queensland AOU Top Up scholarship and the National Council of Science and Technology, Mexico. CH was financed by the 'Coordination of Superior Level Staff Improvement-Brazil' (CAPES) (88882.327885/2019-01 and 88887.309513/2018-00) . SLC was supported by a doctoral fellowship award from COLCIENCIAS (No. 728) , the University of Queensland Research Training program and the high degree research top-up scholarship granted by the Centre of Excellence for Environmental Decisions (CEED) . AGC was funded through a PhD scholarship (No. 2017/19411-1 and No. 2018/06330-6) . JRR was supported by an ARC Future Fellowship (FT200100096) . The authors also would like to thank V. E. Sontag (Illus) for her support with Figures, as well as the reviewers and the associate editor, Paulo Pereira, for all the com-ments and suggestions that resulted in significant improvements in the manuscript.