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Comparing the Applicability of Commonly Used Hydrological Ecosystem Services Models for Integrated Decision-Support

Lüke, Anna and Hack, Jochen (2018):
Comparing the Applicability of Commonly Used Hydrological Ecosystem Services Models for Integrated Decision-Support.
10, In: Sustainability, (2), MDPI, ISSN 2071-1050, DOI: 10.3390/su10020346,
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Title: Comparing the Applicability of Commonly Used Hydrological Ecosystem Services Models for Integrated Decision-Support
Language: English
Abstract:

Different simulation models are used in science and practice in order to incorporate hydrological ecosystem services in decision-making processes. This contribution compares three simulation models, the Soil and Water Assessment Tool, a traditional hydrological model and two ecosystem services models, the Integrated Valuation of Ecosystem Services and Trade-offs model and the Resource Investment Optimization System model. The three models are compared on a theoretical and conceptual basis as well in a comparative case study application. The application of the models to a study area in Nicaragua reveals that a practical benefit to apply these models for different questions in decision-making generally exists. However, modelling of hydrological ecosystem services is associated with a high application effort and requires input data that may not always be available. The degree of detail in temporal and spatial variability in ecosystem service provision is higher when using the Soil and Water Assessment Tool compared to the two ecosystem service models. In contrast, the ecosystem service models have lower requirements on input data and process knowledge. A relationship between service provision and beneficiaries is readily produced and can be visualized as a model output. The visualization is especially useful for a practical decision-making context.

Journal or Publication Title: Sustainability
Volume: 10
Number: 2
Publisher: MDPI
Classification DDC: 600 Technik, Medizin, angewandte Wissenschaften > 600 Technik
Divisions: 13 Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering Sciences > Institute of Hydraulic and Water Resources Engineering > Engineering Hydrology and Water Management
Date Deposited: 19 Mar 2018 11:43
Last Modified: 12 Nov 2019 12:35
DOI: 10.3390/su10020346
URN: urn:nbn:de:tuda-tuprints-73013
URI: https://tuprints.ulb.tu-darmstadt.de/id/eprint/7301
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