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The University of Southampton
Ocean and Earth Science, National Oceanography Centre Southampton

Research project: A hierarchical approach to the examination of the relationship between biodiversity and ecosystem service flows across coastal margins (CBESS)

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This project will examine the relationship between biodiversity and ecosystem service flows across coastal margins at both the regional and UK-wide scale.

Mudflats and salt marshes are common features of coastal systems which comprise over half of the UK's total estuarine area. These landscapes support a wide range of economically valuable animal and plant species and also act as sites of carbon storage, nutrient recycling, and pollutant capture and destruction. Their preservation, especially in the face of a changing climate, requires active and informed management. The need to understand the landscape-scale links between the functions that these systems provide (ecosystem service flows) and the organisms that help provide these services (biodiversity stocks) offers an important opportunity to move beyond most previous work in the field which has been conducted at the small or laboratory scales.

Aims

1. To generate data on biodiversity and ecosystem service flows from coastal wetlands

2. To quantify biodiversity and ecosystem service patterns across a hierarchy of spatial scales

3. To quantify context dependencies in biodiversity-ecosystem services across a hierarchy of spatial scales

4. To develop model frameworks to predict biodiversity-ecosystem service flows across scales

5. To develop functional tools for predicting Ecosystem Service Provisioning across a range of environmental contexts

Main websites:

http://www.nerc-bess.net
http://synergy.st-andrews.ac.uk/cbess

Key Contacts

Dr Martin Solan

Related research groups

Marine Biology and Ecology
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