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Ecosystem services: Challenges and opportunities for hydrologic modeling to support decision making

TitleEcosystem services: Challenges and opportunities for hydrologic modeling to support decision making
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2014
AuthorsGuswa AJ, Brauman KA, Brown C, Hamel P, Keeler BL, Sayre SStratton
JournalWater Resources Research
Volume50
Issue5
Start Page4535
Pagination4535-4544
Date Published05/2014
Abstract

Ecosystem characteristics and processes provide significant value to human health and well-being, and there is growing interest in quantifying those values. Of particular interest are water-related ecosystem services and the incorporation of their value into local and regional decision making. This presents multiple challenges and opportunities to the hydrologic-modeling community. To motivate advances in water-resources research, we first present three common decision contexts that draw upon an ecosystem-service framework: scenario analysis, payments for watershed services, and spatial planning. Within these contexts, we highlight the particular challenges to hydrologic modeling, and then present a set of opportunities that arise from ecosystem-service decisions. The paper concludes with a set of recommendations regarding how we can prioritize our work to support decisions based on ecosystem-service valuation.

DOI10.1002/2014WR015497