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An analysis of methodologies for defining ecosystem services in the marine environment 2013

Marine JNCC Publications 0963-8091 Coastal and Estuarine Estuaries JNCC report series Marine 491 Biodiversity Ecosystem services Environmental accounting Marine Natural resource accounting Social–ecological systems Sustainable use


Coastal and marine ecosystems provide an enormous range of services that are integral for the functioning of society. Productive inshore systems such as salt marshes and mudflats are important for a range of regulatory services including sequestering carbon, nutrient cycling, and pollutant capture and provide an enormous range of social, cultural and economic benefits.

From the offshore perspective, ecosystem services have received less attention in the literature and in policy as they are remote from human populations. Offshore marine environments provide a range of regulatory and provisioning services such as deep carbon storage, regulating the climate, providing food and cultural benefits such as educational and scientific opportunities.

Resource type Publication

Topic category Oceans

Reference date 2013·09·01

Atkins, J., Banks, E., Burdon, D., Greenhill, L., Hastings, E. & Potts, T. 2013. An analysis of methodologies for defining ecosystem services in the marine environment. JNCC Report No. 491, JNCC, Peterborough, ISSN 0963-8091.

This report provides a review of methods developed for understanding ecosystem goods and services provided by the marine environment.

Responsible organisation
Communications, JNCC publisher

Limitations on public access No limitations

Use constraints Available under the Open Government Licence 3.0

Metadata date 2020·07·20

Metadata point of contact
Communications, JNCC

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