Theory and methods for an integrated analysis of ecosystem services
- Prof. Dr. Klaus Müller, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Dr. Lasse Loft
- Dr. Lasse Loft, email@example.com
- Dr. Claudia Sattler, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Dr. Johannes Schuler, email@example.com
- Dr. Barbara Schröter, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Dr. Claas Meyer, email@example.com
- Dr. Jens Rommel, firstname.lastname@example.org
Leibniz-Centre for Agricultural Landscape Research (ZALF), Eberswalder Str. 84, 15374 Müncheberg, Germany
Ecosystems, both managed and unmanaged, deliver a large number of services essential for human life, most of them free of charge. This includes provisioning services (food, fiber, water, minerals), supporting services (nutrient cycling, primary production), regulation services (water purification, crop pollination, waste decomposition), and cultural services (recreation, ecotourism). Currently, the delivery of such ecosystem services (ES) is increasingly threatened by human activities leading to ecosystem pollution and degradation worldwide.
To assess how human activities influence and impact on ES provision, and how these can potentially be sustainably managed, a number of simulation models, tools and methods can be used to support in decision making.
This course aims to
- give an introduction relevant theories behind the ES concept and other related concepts,
- present and apply different methods for the assessment of sustainable ES provisioning and management. These methods include computer-based simulation models and tools for land use based assessment of ES provision, ES mapping, ES quantification and valuation; and other aspects relevant for ES management.
- Introduction to theories and concepts for an integrated analysis of ecosystem services
- Underlying theories and concepts (e.g. Ecological Economics and ES concept)
- Existing ES classification schemes
- Overview of presented models, tools and methods
- Models and methods for an integrated analysis of ecosystem services
- MIMES – Multi-scale Integrated Models of Ecosystem Services
- Qualitative Comparative Analysis (QCA)
- Methods to aid decision making
- Social Network Analysis in the form of NetMaps
- FoPIA – Framework for Participatory Impact Assessment
- Introduction to theory and methodology of behavioural economics
Lectures 50%, exercises and group work 50%
Grading: Participation 50 %, exercises and group work 50%
Credit points: 3 credits
A list of relevant literature will be provided in advance (we aim for two weeks before the starting of at the beginning of the course).
Needed software will be made available for you during the course.
Language of instruction: English
The course will be held at Leibniz-Center for Agricultural Landscape Research (ZALF, www.zalf.de/en), Institute of Socio-Economics (ZALF-SO), Eberswalder Str. 84, 15374 Müncheberg, Germany.
Müncheberg is located about 60km east of Berlin. For hourly train connection between Berlin-Lichtenberg and Müncheberg see http://www.vbb.de/en/index.html.
For directions: http://www.zalf.de/en/ueber_uns/kontakt_anfahrt/Pages/default.aspx
For further information please contact Dr. Lasse Loft (Working Group on Ecosystem Services Governance, ZALF) email@example.com, Phone: +49(0)33432/82-486.