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

19 March 2020
Shedding light on how much carbon tropical forests can absorb

Tropical forest ecosystems are an important part of the global carbon cycle as they take up and store large amounts of CO2. It is however uncertain how much these forests’ ability to take up and store carbon differ between forests with high versus low species richness. New IIASA research sheds light on this question aiming to enhance our ability to predict tropical ecosystems’ strength as global carbon sinks.  More

09 December 2019
Climate change and the threat to global breadbaskets

Extreme climatic conditions could lead to an increased risk of unusually low agricultural harvests if more than one global breadbasket is affected by adverse climate conditions at the same time. The findings of a new IIASA study show that these breadbaskets, the geographical areas responsible for growing much of the world’s food, are at risk to produce enough wheat, maize, and soybean, due to extreme temperatures.  More

26 November 2019
Crowdsourcing landscape restoration assessment in Indonesia

The Urundata mobile application will allow Indonesians to be more involved in efforts to restore forests and landscapes in the country. Users can contribute by playing games to help interpret satellite imagery and gather information on the ground.  More





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CONTACT DETAILS

Steffen Fritz

EOCS Center Head and Deputy Program Director

Ecosystems Services and Management

T +43(0) 2236 807 353

Petr Havlik

ERD Center Head and Acting Program Director

Ecosystems Services and Management

T +43(0) 2236 807 511

Florian Kraxner

CLR Center Head and Deputy Program Director

Ecosystems Services and Management

T +43(0) 2236 807 233

ESM Research Centers

Models/Tools/Data

PUBLICATIONS

ElQadi MM, Lesiv M, Dyer AG, & Dorin A (2020). Computer vision-enhanced selection of geo-tagged photos on social network sites for land cover classification. Environmental Modelling & Software 128: e104696. DOI:10.1016/j.envsoft.2020.104696.

van Meijl H, Shutes L, Valin H , Stehfest E, van Dijk M, Kuiper M, Tabeau A, van Zeist W-J, et al. (2020). Modelling alternative futures of global food security: Insights from FOODSECURE. Global Food Security 25: e100358. DOI:10.1016/j.gfs.2020.100358.

Flach R, Skalsky R , Folberth C , Balkovic J , Jantke K, & Schneider UA (2020). Water productivity and footprint of major Brazilian rainfed crops – A spatially explicit analysis of crop management scenarios. Agricultural Water Management 233: e105996. DOI:10.1016/j.agwat.2019.105996.

ESM Publications

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