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Open-File Report 2009–1259

Proceedings of a workshop associated with
A Conference on Ecosystem Services (ACES 2008)
July 28, 2008

Developing an Analytical Framework: Incorporating Ecosystem Services into Decision Making—Proceedings of a Workshop

By Dianna Hogan,1 Greg Arthaud,2 Malka Pattison,3 Roger Sayre,1 and Carl Shapiro1


1U.S. Geological Survey, Reston, VA.
2U.S. Forest Service, Washington, DC.
3U.S. Department of the Interior, Washington, DC.
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Introduction

The analytical framework for understanding ecosystem services in conservation, resource management, and development decisions is multidisciplinary, encompassing a combination of the natural and social sciences. This report summarizes a workshop on “Developing an Analytical Framework: Incorporating Ecosystem Services into Decision Making,” which focused on the analytical process and on identifying research priorities for assessing ecosystem services, their production and use, their spatial and temporal characteristics, their relationship with natural systems, and their interdependencies. Attendees discussed research directions and solutions to key challenges in developing the analytical framework. The discussion was divided into two sessions: (1) the measurement framework: quantities and values, and (2) the spatial framework: mapping and spatial relationships.

This workshop was the second of three preconference workshops associated with ACES 2008 (A Conference on Ecosystem Services): Using Science for Decision Making in Dynamic Systems. These three workshops were designed to explore the ACES 2008 theme on decision making and how the concept of ecosystem services can be more effectively incorporated into conservation, restoration, resource management, and development decisions. Preconference workshop 1, “Developing a Vision: Incorporating Ecosystem Services into Decision Making,” was held on April 15, 2008, in Cambridge, MA. In preconference workshop 1, participants addressed what would have to happen to make ecosystem services be used more routinely and effectively in conservation, restoration, resource management, and development decisions, and they identified some key challenges in developing the analytical framework. Preconference workshop 3, “Developing an Institutional Framework: Incorporating Ecosystem Services into Decision Making,” was held on October 30, 2008, in Albuquerque, NM; participants examined the relationship between the institutional framework and the use of ecosystem services in decision making.

First posted January 2010

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Dianna Hogan
U.S. Geological Survey
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Reston, VA 20192
(703)648-7240

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Suggested citation:

Hogan, Dianna, Arthaud, Greg, Pattison, Malka, Sayre, Roger, and Shapiro, Carl, 2010, Developing an Analytical Framework: Incorporating Ecosystem Services into Decision Making—Proceedings of a workshop: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2009–1259, 6 p. (Also available at http://pubs.usgs.gov/of/2009/1259/.)



Contents

Introduction

The Measurement Framework: Quantities and Values

The Spatial Framework: Mapping and Spatial Relationships

Synthesis: Integrating the Spatial and Measurement Frameworks

Reference Cited

Appendix 1. Participants in Preconference Workshop 2, Developing an Analytical Framework: Incorporating Ecosystem Services into Decision Making



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