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.
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.
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
Conducting integrated assessments of the bioeconomy (agriculture, forestry, and bioenergy) by developing the Global Biosphere Management Model GLOBIOM and contributing to policy scenarios.
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
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
A new global assessment shows that human impacts have greatly reduced plant-fungus symbioses, which play a key role in sequestering carbon in soils. Restoring these ecosystems could be one strategy to slow climate change. More
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ESM Research Centers
Hirsch C, Krisztin T, & See L (2020). Water Resources as Determinants for Foreign Direct Investments in Land - A Gravity Analysis of Foreign Land Acquisitions. Ecological Economics 170: e106516. DOI:10.1016/j.ecolecon.2019.106516.
Li W, Li B, Tao S, Ciais P, Piao S, Shen G, Peng S, Wang R, et al. (2020). Missed atmospheric organic phosphorus emitted by terrestrial plants, part 2: Experiment of volatile phosphorus. Environmental Pollution 258: e113728. DOI:10.1016/j.envpol.2019.113728.
Masson V, Heldens W, Bocher E, Bonhomme M, Bucher B, Burmeister C, de Munck C, Esch T, et al. (2020). City-descriptive input data for urban climate models: Model requirements, data sources and challenges. Urban Climate 31: e100536. DOI:10.1016/j.uclim.2019.100536.
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