Linking ecosystem services with landscape history

Matthias Bürgi, Janet Silbernagel, Jianguo Wu, Felix Kienast

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The concept of ecosystem services (ES) has become widely used because it bridges ecology and economics and links nature to society. ES may evolve over time in dynamic landscapes driven by myriad processes. However, the consequences of changes in key ES has not been considered adequately in current ES research. Here we propose a framework for linking ES with landscape history, which can help us better understand the evolution of ES over time. We illustrate the framework by a case study from Switzerland. Both the capacity of landscapes to supply ES and the realization and recognition of key ES are likely to change over time. This insight should have important implications for landscape sustainability and related scenario studies.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)11-20
Number of pages10
JournalLandscape Ecology
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2015


  • Driving forces
  • Ecosystem services
  • Land use and land cover
  • Landscape history
  • Landscape sustainability
  • Scenarios
  • Switzerland

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Ecology
  • Nature and Landscape Conservation


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