Ecosystem Services Mapping Datasets

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Ecosystem services, the benefits that natural ecosystems provide to people, vary spatially. Mapping where they are abundant or in short supply is useful for a variety of purposes, including land-use planning, assessment of conservation and restoration priorities, identification of environmental equity issues, and communication with diverse stakeholders. The Nicholas Institute for Environmental ...

Ecosystem services, the benefits that natural ecosystems provide to people, vary spatially. Mapping where they are abundant or in short supply is useful for a variety of purposes, including land-use planning, assessment of conservation and restoration priorities, identification of environmental equity issues, and communication with diverse stakeholders. The Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions at Duke University, supported by the Southeast Climate Adaptation Science Center, has mapped the supply and demand of a variety of ecosystem services at the landscape level across the southeastern United States. The results for each ecosystem service can be used individually to identify target areas for conservation and restoration to support that service or overlaid with other ecosystem services to identify areas that can provide multiple benefits.