Empirical PPGIS/PGIS mapping of ecosystem services: a review and evaluation

Brown, Greg and Fagerholm, Nora (2015) Empirical PPGIS/PGIS mapping of ecosystem services: a review and evaluation. Ecosystem Services, 13 119-133. doi:10.1016/j.ecoser.2014.10.007

Author Brown, Greg
Fagerholm, Nora
Title Empirical PPGIS/PGIS mapping of ecosystem services: a review and evaluation
Journal name Ecosystem Services   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 2212-0416
Publication date 2015-06-01
Year available 2015
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/j.ecoser.2014.10.007
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 13
Start page 119
End page 133
Total pages 15
Place of publication Amsterdam, Netherlands
Publisher Elsevier BV
Language eng
Subject 2306 Global and Planetary Change
3305 Geography, Planning and Development
2303 Ecology
1101 Agricultural and Biological Sciences (miscellaneous)
2309 Nature and Landscape Conservation
2308 Management, Monitoring, Policy and Law
Abstract We review public participation GIS (PPGIS) and participatory GIS (PGIS) approaches for ecosystem services to identify current and best practice. PPGIS/PGIS are spatially explicit methods that have evolved over the past decade to identify a range of ecosystem services. Although PPGIS/PGIS methods demonstrate high potential for the identification of ecosystem services, especially cultural services, there has been no review to evaluate the methods to identify best practice. Through examination of peer-reviewed, empirical PPGIS/PGIS studies, we describe the types of ecosystem services mapped, the spatial mapping methods, the sampling approaches and range of participants, the types of spatial analyses performed, and the methodological trade-offs associated with each PPGIS/PGIS mapping approach. We found that multiple methods were implemented in nearly 30 case studies worldwide with the mapping of cultural and provisioning services being most common. There was little evidence that mapped ecosystem data was used for actual decision support in land use planning. Best practice has yet to coalesce in this field that has been dominated by methodological pluralism and case study research. We suggest greater use of experimental design and long-term case studies where the influence of mapped ecosystem services on land use decisions can be assessed.
Keyword Best practice
Ecosystem services
Public participation GIS
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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