Impacts of land-use change to ecosystem services

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Abstract

Increasing human populations on the landscape and globe coincide with increasing demands for food, energy, and other natural resources, with generally negative impacts to wildlife habitat, air and water quality, and natural scenery. Here we define and describe the impacts of land-use change on ecosystem services – the services that ecosystems provide humans such as filtering air and water, providing food, resources, recreation, and esthetics. We show how the human footprint is rapidly expanding due to population growth, demand for resources, and globalization. Increased trade and transportation has brought all the continents back together, creating new challenges for conserving native species and ecosystems.

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Publication type Book chapter
Publication Subtype Book Chapter
Title Impacts of land-use change to ecosystem services
ISBN 9780123847041
Volume 4
Year Published 2013
Language English
Publisher Academic Press
Contributing office(s) Fort Collins Science Center
Description 10 p.
Larger Work Type Book
Larger Work Title Climate vulnerability: understanding and addressing threats to essential resources
First page 13
Last page 22
Online Only (Y/N) N
Additional Online Files (Y/N) N