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, and 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 and Citizen Science (EOCitSci)

Applying earth observation and citizen science to land cover and land use monitoring.


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


10 Apr 2018 - 12 Apr 2018
Bioenergy Conference - BBC Brazil 2018

The Biomass and Bioenergy Conference will bring together leading professionals, researchers and students from all over t... More

08 Apr 2018 - 13 Apr 2018
IIASA at EGU 2018

IIASA researchers will participate in the European Geosciences Union General Assembly 2018, presenting new research on w... More

30 Mar 2018 - 03 Jun 2018
Landsense Innovation Challenge

Empowering communities to monitor & report on their environment More


ESM News

19 September 2018
Reduction of soil microbes limit feedbacks in a warming climate

Soil microbes get more active in warmer temperatures, causing increased CO2 emissions. But a new study shows that in prolonged warming, the amount of microbial biomass decreases, balancing the effect.  More

17 September 2018
Paris climate targets could be exceeded sooner than expected

A new study has for the first time comprehensively accounted for permafrost carbon release when estimating emission budgets for climate targets. The results show that the world might be closer to exceeding the budget for the long-term target of the Paris climate agreement than previously thought.  More

28 August 2018
Remote islands harbor higher numbers of non-native species

Numbers of native species on islands decrease with greater remoteness, while the numbers of non-native species on islands increase, according to an international research team including IIASA researcher Florian Hofhansl.  More





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CONTACT DETAILS

Michael Obersteiner

Program Director

Ecosystems Services and Management

T +43(0) 2236 807 460

Florian Kraxner

CLR Center Head and Deputy Program Director

Ecosystems Services and Management

T +43(0) 2236 807 233

Steffen Fritz

EOS Center Head and Deputy Program Director

Ecosystems Services and Management

T +43(0) 2236 807 353

Petr Havlik

ERD Center Head and Deputy Program Director

Ecosystems Services and Management

T +43(0) 2236 807 511

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