The environmental geography group studies the quantification of ecosystem services capacity and demand from local to global scales.

Good functioning healthy ecosystem provide ecosystem services, such as nature recreation, pollination and flood control, which support our daily lives, societal wellbeing and the economy. Aligning demands for multiple ecosystem services requires management and research on the current quantification and sustainable use of ecosystems as well as exploring opportunities for the restoration of landscapes and the optimization of landscape structure. However, multi-objective planning for ecosystem services offers opportunities to maintain and enhance multifunctional landscapes but inevitably involves trade-offs between individual services.

We use a variety of approaches for the assessment of ecosystem service capacity and demand from local to global scales with a strong focus on spatial mapping of ecosystem services under current and future conditions, choice experiments, identification of ecosystem service hotspots and future management trajectories

Characteristic for our approach is:

  • the use of quantitative, spatially explicit methods and models to quantify multiple ecosystem services
  • the assessment of both ecosystem service demand and ecosystem service capacity ranging from the local to the global scale
  • a strong link to ecosystem services in cultural landscapes in Europe aimed at informing management alternatives for maintaining cultural landscapes in strong cooperation with local stakeholders and land owners

Selected key publications: