Journal article

Spatial assessment of ecosystem goods and services in complex production landscapes: A case study from south-eastern Australia

Himlal Baral, Rodney J Keenan, Julian C Fox, Nigel E Stork, Sabine Kasel

ECOLOGICAL COMPLEXITY | ELSEVIER | Published : 2013

Abstract

Many production landscapes are complex human-environment systems operating at various spatio-temporal scales and provide a variety of ecosystem goods and services (EGS) vital to human well-being. EGS change over space and time as a result of changing patterns of land use or changes in the composition and structure of different vegetation types. Spatio-temporal assessment of EGS can provide valuable information on the consequences of changing land use and land cover for EGS and helps to deal with this complexity. We carried out a quantitative and qualitative appraisal of selected EGS (timber production, carbon stock, provision of water, water regulation, biodiversity, and forage production) t..

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Funding Acknowledgements

Himlal Baral was supported a University of Melbourne Research Scholarship and a scholarship from The Cooperative Research Centre for Forestry. Spatial data were provided by the Victorian Department of Sustainability and Environment and the South East Resource Information Centre with the support of plantation stakeholders. CABALA forest growth prediction model with the associated parameter set was provided by CSIRO. The Farm Forestry Toolbox (5.0) was available from Private Forestry Tasmania and CFI reforestation tool was available from Department of Climate Change and Energy Efficiency. We thank the Glenelg Hopkins Catchment Management Authority for supplying the boundary layer for the study area. We thank two anonymous reviewers for comments that helped improve the manuscript.