Ecosystems Services and Management

The Ecosystems Services and Management (ESM) Program aims to improve our understanding of ecosystems in today’s changing world—in particular, the current state of ecosystems, and their ecological thresholds and buffering capacities.

The Ecosystem Services and Management Program (ESM) has built integrated knowledge and data systems to provide a trusted science base for land management policy processes in many global regions. These aim to improve human wellbeing and sustainable management of the Earth’s natural resources. Guiding production and consumption choices that are consistent across scales and compatible with the maintenance of equitable access to multiple ecosystem services, is a scientific challenge that ESM is uniquely positioned to address based on its cluster of citizen science and modularly linked land resource assessment tools.

ESM Research Centers


Center for Landscape Resilience & Management (CLR)

Integrated biophysical modeling group assessing landscape ecosystems and their services with special emphasis on sustainability and resilience of  the global agriculture-, forest- and low carbon-energy sectors.


Center for Earth Observation & Citizen Science (EOCS)

We use earth observation and citizen science to conduct research and provide innovative, cost effective and high quality data, tools and services to help society achieve the sustainable development goals


Center for Environmental Resources and Development (ERD)

Conducting integrated assessments of the bioeconomy (agriculture, forestry, and bioenergy) by developing the Global Biosphere Management Model GLOBIOM and contributing to policy scenarios.

ESM Events



ESM News

12 January 2021
Advancing the science of citizen science

Citizen science is increasingly incorporated in research projects, as it has proved extremely effective in many aspects of research from collecting data to verifying information from remote sensing data in the field. A new book on citizen science offers practical support for implementing projects and addresses emerging topics around citizen science and artificial intelligence.  More

05 January 2021
Uncovering how grasslands changed our climate

Grasslands are managed worldwide to support livestock production, while remaining natural or semi-natural ones provide critical services that contribute to the wellbeing of both people and the planet. Human activities are however causing grasslands to become a source of greenhouse gas emissions rather than a carbon sink. A new study uncovered how grasslands used by humans have changed our climate over the last centuries.  More

03 December 2020
Pathways to sustainable land use and food systems

The findings of a new report by the Food, Agriculture, Biodiversity, Land-Use, and Energy (FABLE) Consortium, suggest that integrated strategies across food production, biodiversity, climate, and diets can meet the objectives of the Paris Agreement and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).  More





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CONTACT DETAILS

Petr Havlik

Research Group Leader

Integrated Biosphere Futures Research Group

T +43(0) 2236 807 511

Steffen Fritz

Program Director:Senior Research Scholar

Strategic Initiatives Program|Novel Data Ecosystems For Sustainability Research Group

T +43(0) 2236 807 353

Florian Kraxner

Research Group Leader

Agriculture

Forestry

and Ecosystem Services Research Group

T +43(0) 2236 807 233

ESM Research Centers

Models/Tools/Data

PUBLICATIONS

Fekete, H., Kuramochi, T., Roelfsema, M., den Elzen, M., Forsell, N., Höhne, N., Luna, L., Hans, F., et al. (2021). A review of successful climate change mitigation policies in major emitting economies and the potential of global replication. Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews 137, e110602. 10.1016/j.rser.2020.110602.

Latka, C., Kuiper, M., Frank, S. , Heckelei, T., Havlik, P. , Witzke, H.-P., Leip, A., Cui, H.D., et al. (2021). Paying the price for environmentally sustainable and healthy EU diets. Global Food Security 28, e100437. 10.1016/j.gfs.2020.100437.

Mohd Idris, M.N., Leduc, S., Yowargana, P., Hashim, H., & Kraxner, F. (2021). Spatio-temporal assessment of the impact of intensive palm oil-based bioenergy deployment on cross-sectoral energy decarbonization. Applied Energy 285, E116460. 10.1016/j.apenergy.2021.116460.

ESM Publications

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