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Ecosystem Functioning and Services

The LCS Program develops spatially-explicit models of ecosystem functioning and analyzes the services provided by these ecosystems, including carbon sequestration, water provisioning and biodiversity conservation. Projects include monetizing the value of ecosystem services and developing tools such as the Ecosystem Portfolio Model (EPM) and the Chesapeake Land Conservation Priority System (CLCPS). These tools support sound conservation planning and decision making by resource managers and foster strategic coordination by incorporating multiple land conservation values.

Projects conducting research on Ecosystem Functioning and Services:

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