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Comparing applicability of commonly used Hydrological Ecosystem Services Models for an integrated decision-support

Lüke, Anna ; Hack, Jochen :
Comparing applicability of commonly used Hydrological Ecosystem Services Models for an integrated decision-support.
[Online-Edition: http://www.mdpi.com/2071-1050/10/2/346]
In: Sustainability, 10 (2) pp. 1-22. ISSN 2071-1050
[Artikel], (2018)

Offizielle URL: http://www.mdpi.com/2071-1050/10/2/346

Kurzbeschreibung (Abstract)

Different simulation models are used in science and practice in order to incorporate hydrological ecosystem services in decision-making processes. This contribution compares three simulation models, the Soil and Water Assessment Tool, a traditional hydrological model, and two ecosystem services models, the Integrated Valuation of Ecosystem Services and Trade-offs model and the Resource Investment Optimization System model. The three models are compared on a theoretical and conceptual basis as well in a comparative case study application. The application of the models to a study area in Nicaragua reveals that a practical benefit to apply these models for different questions in decision-making generally exists. However, modelling of hydrological ecosystem services is associated with a high application effort and requires input data that may not always be available. The degree of detail in temporal and spatial variability in ecosystem service provision is higher when using the Soil and Water Assessment Tool compared to the two ecosystem service models. In contrast, the ecosystem service models have lower requirements on input data and process knowledge. A relationship between service provision and beneficiaries is readily produced and can be visualized as a model output. The latter is especially useful for a practical decision-making context.

Typ des Eintrags: Artikel
Erschienen: 2018
Autor(en): Lüke, Anna ; Hack, Jochen
Titel: Comparing applicability of commonly used Hydrological Ecosystem Services Models for an integrated decision-support
Sprache: Englisch
Kurzbeschreibung (Abstract):

Different simulation models are used in science and practice in order to incorporate hydrological ecosystem services in decision-making processes. This contribution compares three simulation models, the Soil and Water Assessment Tool, a traditional hydrological model, and two ecosystem services models, the Integrated Valuation of Ecosystem Services and Trade-offs model and the Resource Investment Optimization System model. The three models are compared on a theoretical and conceptual basis as well in a comparative case study application. The application of the models to a study area in Nicaragua reveals that a practical benefit to apply these models for different questions in decision-making generally exists. However, modelling of hydrological ecosystem services is associated with a high application effort and requires input data that may not always be available. The degree of detail in temporal and spatial variability in ecosystem service provision is higher when using the Soil and Water Assessment Tool compared to the two ecosystem service models. In contrast, the ecosystem service models have lower requirements on input data and process knowledge. A relationship between service provision and beneficiaries is readily produced and can be visualized as a model output. The latter is especially useful for a practical decision-making context.

Titel der Zeitschrift, Zeitung oder Schriftenreihe: Sustainability
Band: 10
(Heft-)Nummer: 2
Verlag: MDPI
Freie Schlagworte: hydrological ecosystem services; hydrological modelling; decision support; model comparison; Nicaragua; ecosystem service quantification; river basin management
Fachbereich(e)/-gebiet(e): 11 Fachbereich Material- und Geowissenschaften
11 Fachbereich Material- und Geowissenschaften > Geowissenschaften
11 Fachbereich Material- und Geowissenschaften > Geowissenschaften > Fachgebiet Ingenieurökologie
13 Fachbereich Bau- und Umweltingenieurwissenschaften
13 Fachbereich Bau- und Umweltingenieurwissenschaften > Institut Wasserbau und Wasserwirtschaft
13 Fachbereich Bau- und Umweltingenieurwissenschaften > Institut Wasserbau und Wasserwirtschaft > Fachgebiet Ingenieurhydrologie und Wasserbewirtschaftung
Hinterlegungsdatum: 29 Jan 2018 15:06
Offizielle URL: http://www.mdpi.com/2071-1050/10/2/346
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