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Natural Capital: Theory and Practice of Mapping Ecosystem Services

Peter Kareiva, Heather Tallis, Taylor H. Ricketts, Gretchen C. Daily, and Stephen Polasky


In 2005, The Millennium Ecosystem Assessment provided the first global assessment of the world’s ecosystems and ecosystem services. It concluded that recent trends in ecosystem change threatened human well-being due to declining ecosystem services, a bleak prophecy which has galvanized conservation organizations, ecologists, and economists to work towards rigorous valuations of ecosystem services at a spatial scale and with a resolution that can inform public policy. This book provides an intensive and technical analysis of ecosystem services to date. A key idea which guides the science is tha ... More

Keywords: Millennium Ecosystem Assessment, ecosystem, modelling, valuation, service mapping, land systems, marine systems, freshwater systems

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780199588992
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2013 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199588992.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Peter Kareiva, editor
Chief Scientist and Vice President, The Nature Conservancy and Visiting Professor, Santa Clara University, USA

Heather Tallis, editor
Lead Scientist, The Natural Capital Project, Stanford University, USA

Taylor H. Ricketts, editor
Managing Director, Conservation Science Program, World Wildlife Fund, USA


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Section I A vision for ecosystem services in decisions

Section II Multi-tiered models for ecosystem services

Section III Extensions, applications, and the next generation of ecosystem service assessments

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