The organisation of Workshops/Thematic Working group meetings at the annual ESP conferences is one main activity of the working group:
- ESP conferences 1-3 (2008-2010): participation/presentations of ecosystem service mapping-related topics
- 4th ESP Conference Wageningen 2011: Workshop “Quantifying, Mapping, Modeling & Indicators of Ecosystem Services”
- 5th ESP Conference Portland 2012: Working group “Modelling and Mapping Ecosystem Services”
- 6th ESP Conference Bali 2013: Workshop “Mapping, visualisation and data access tools of ecosystem services“
- 7th ESP Conference Costa Rica 2014: Workshops “Mapping ES – learning from success and failures“, “Information technology to support ecosystem services research and practice“, “Integration of ES models and maps into science and decision making: future needs“, ” Uncertainty analysis and validation of mapping and modelling ES“
- 8th ESP Conference South Africa 2015: Workshops “New techniques for mapping ecosystem services: solutions for instant use and direct application” and “Modeling and mapping ecosystem service capacity, flow and demand with data of varying quantity and quality“
> Submit your abstracts for our twoThematic Working Group Workshops at the 8th ESP Conference 2015 through the conference website!
Several Special Issues related to mapping and quantification of ecosystem services have been edited in scientific journals by working group members:
- Willemen, L., Burkhard, B, Crossman, N., Drakou, E.G. and I. Palomo (eds.) (2015): Best practices for mapping ecosystem services. Special Issue. Ecosystem Services 3(0):1-184. (outcome of the 6th ESP conference in Bali 2013)
- Burkhard, B., N. Crossman, S. Nedkov, K. Petz and R. Alkemade (eds.) (2013). Mapping and Modelling Ecosystem Services for Science, Policy and Practice. Special Issue. Ecosystem Services 4: 1-146. (outcome of the 4th ESP conference in Wageningen 2011).
- Crossman, N., B. Burkhard, S. Nedkov (eds.) (2012). Quantifying and Mapping Ecosystem Services. Special Issue. International Journal of Biodiversity Science, Ecosystem Services and Management 8 (1-2): 1-185.
- Alkemade, R., B. Burkhard, N. Crossman, S. Nedkov, and K. Petz (eds.) (2013). Quantifying Ecosystem Services and Indicators for Science, Policy and Practice. Special Section. Ecological Indicators 37: 161-265 (outcome of the 4th ESP conference in Wageningen 2011).
- Burkhard, B., R. de Groot, R. Costanza, R. Seppelt, S.E. Jørgensen, M. Potschin (eds.) (2012). Challenges of sustaining natural capital and ecosystem services: Quantification, modelling & valuation/accounting. Special Issue. Ecological Indicators 21: 1-154. (outcome of the 3rd ESP conference in Salzau 2010)
- Burkhard, B., I. Petrosillo & R. Costanza (2010). Ecosystem Services – Bridging Ecology, Economy and Social Sciences. Special Issue. Ecological Complexity 7/3: 257-259. (outcome of the 1st ESP conference in Salzau 2008)
Further activities include the development and support of project proposals, networking and the exchange of methods, ideas and data.
The blueprint for mapping and modelling ecosystem services
One further major activity and product of the thematic working group on mapping ecosystem services is to develop and to test a blueprint to give guidance on modelling and mapping ecosystem services. The primary purpose of the blueprint is to provide a template and checklist of information needed for ecosystem service modelling and mapping studies. Another purpose is the development of the ESP Visualization tool (ESP-VT; see below) based on the information on methods and data used in previous modelling and mapping studies as reported in respectively completed blueprints. Although each study modeling and mapping ecosystem services has certain characteristics, the blueprint will help to reduce uncertainties related to ecosystem service assessments, helping to close the gaps between science, policy and practice. The blueprint has been developed by the thematic working group together with the “Modelling and Mapping Ecosystem Services” working group participants at the 5th Ecosystem Services Partnership Conference in Portland 2012. The results of the workshop and the analysis of the first worked out examples of the blueprint will be presented here soon, as well as the ecosystem service mapping studies data base.
Publication: Crossman, N.D., B. Burkhard, S. Nedkov, L. Willemen, K. Petz, I. Palomo, E.G. Drakou, B. Martín-Lopez, T.McPhearson, K. Boyanova, R. Alkemade, B. Egoh, M. Dunbar, J. Maes (2013): A blueprint for mapping and modelling ecosystem services. Ecosystem Services.
The ESP Visualization tool (ESP-VT)
The ESP-VT is an interactive knowledge platform that allows users to share information on ecosystem services maps, data and mapping methods. It is a joint initiative of the ESP Thematic Working Groups on Mapping and Modelling ES, developed and supported by the Joint Research Centre of the European Commission (JRC-EC) and the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) of Australia.
- Read more about the ESP-VT here: Drakou, E.G., N.D. Crossman, L. Willemen, B. Burkhard, I. Palomo, J. Maes, S. Peedell (2015): A visualization and data-sharing tool for ecosystem service maps: Lessons learnt, challenges and the way forward. Ecosystem Services 13(0): 134-140.
- Find the ESP-VT (alpha version) here: http://esp-mapping.net/Home/