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

12 January 2018
Thinking outside the box on climate mitigation

A new article lays the groundwork for alternative climate mitigation scenarios that place less reliance on unproven negative emissions technologies in the future.  More

11 December 2017
Prototype land cover map of Africa: Great start but more accuracy needed

The latest land cover map of Africa has exceptionally high resolution, picking out features at just 20 m. However, its detail does not reflect its accuracy, which lies at 65%, IIASA researchers have discovered, not as high as many had hoped.  More

06 November 2017
Two thirds of major emitting countries not on track to reach their climate targets

A new studyconcludes that 16 out of 25 analysed countries and regions are not on track to achieve the nationally determined contributions (NDCs) targets they have set for themselves on greenhouse gas emissions.  More





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CONTACT DETAILS

Michael Obersteiner

Program Director

Ecosystems Services and Management

T +43(0) 2236 807 460

Florian Kraxner

Deputy Program Director

Ecosystems Services and Management

T +43(0) 2236 807 233

Steffen Fritz

Deputy Program Director

Ecosystems Services and Management

T +43(0) 2236 807 353

Petr Havlik

Deputy Program Director

Ecosystems Services and Management

T +43(0) 2236 807 511

ESM Research Centers

EVENTS

Yellow Flowers citizen science campaign

27 Apr 2018 - 31 May 2018

Landsense Innovation Challenge

30 Mar 2018 - 03 Jun 2018

Models/Tools/Data

PUBLICATIONS

Eker S & Kwakkel JH (2018). Including robustness considerations in the search phase of Many-Objective Robust Decision Making. Environmental Modelling & Software 105: 201-216. DOI:10.1016/j.envsoft.2018.03.029.

Romijn E, De Sy V, Herold M, Böttcher H, Roman-Cuesta RM, Fritz S, Schepaschenko D, Avitabile V, et al. (2018). Independent data for transparent monitoring of greenhouse gas emissions from the land use sector – What do stakeholders think and need? Environmental Science & Policy 85: 101-112. DOI:10.1016/j.envsci.2018.03.016.

Zhang J, Balkovic J, Azevedo L, Skalsky R, Bouwman AF, Xu G, Wang J, Xu M, et al. (2018). Analyzing and modelling the effect of long-term fertilizer management on crop yield and soil organic carbon in China. Science of the Total Environment 627: 361-372. DOI:10.1016/j.scitotenv.2018.01.090.

ESM Publications

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