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Mapping Relevant to Ecosystem Services - MRES

This page is no longer updated. The information presented here formed part of our previous areas of research. This has included research carried out on behalf of our research partners, commerical contracts and also the Scottish Goverment's Strategic research programme during the period 2011 - 2016.

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Example of mapping relevant to Ecosystem Services in Scotland: distribution of HOST (Hydrology Of Soil Types) classes, a classification of the dominant pathways of water movement through soils and substrates.

The MRES report provides a review of recent and ongoing work relevant to ecosystem service mapping in Scotland. It provides a reference resource for future research and a list of example methodologies used in this area, while at the same time demonstrating the depth and breadth of the work being carried out.

Individual pieces of work have been summarised and their relevance to ecosystem service mapping in a particular policy area and service type given. An assessment of each has been carried out in relation to a number of knowledge frameworks, with scoring of the suitability of each framework given using expert judgement of the relevance of the mapping to the suitability criteria of each framework.

This has allowed us to identify the suitability of individual pieces of work in relation to knowledge frameworks, and to provide a comparison in relation to the utility for informing policymakers. We have also identified key data and knowledge gaps and identified likely priority areas of work for the future.

The full report, an executive summary, and thoughts on the understanding gained during the review, and current and upcoming research challenges, are available for download.

An example of mapping relevant to Ecosystem Services in Scotland is the distribution of HOST (Hydrology Of Soil Types) classes, a classification of the dominant pathways of water movement through soils and substrates. The classification system does not represent a scale in any one parameter relating to soil hydrology, but is instead based on several criteria.  As such, it is useful for multiple questions relating to soil hydrology. Further information is available

For further information, contact Matt Aitkenhead

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