Tools for mapping ecosystem services

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Edited by: Benjamin Burkhard and Joachim Maes

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Abstract

Mapping tools have evolved impressively in recent decades. From early computerised mapping techniques to current cloud-based mapping approaches, we have witnessed a technological evolution that has facilitated the democratisation of Geographic Information Systems (GIS). These advances have impacted multiple disciplines including ecosystem service (ES) mapping. The information that feeds different mapping tools is also increasingly accessible and complex. In this chapter, we review the evolution of mapping tools that are shaping the field of ES mapping together with the different sources of information that exist at this point. We discuss briefly the suitability of these approaches for mapping different ES types and for different scientific and policy aims. Finally, we elaborate on the integration of multiple tools (from desktop applications to sensor, web-based, or mobile devices) and on the future developments of these methods and the possibilities they may open for ES mapping.

Additional publication details

Publication type Book chapter
Publication Subtype Book Chapter
Title Tools for mapping ecosystem services
ISBN 9789546428295
Year Published 2017
Language English
Publisher Pensoft Publishers
Contributing office(s) Geosciences and Environmental Change Science Center
Description 5 p.
Larger Work Type Book
Larger Work Subtype Monograph
Larger Work Title Mapping ecosystem services
First page 70
Last page 74