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 strategic goal of ESM is supporting policy makers in developing rational, realistic and science-based regional, national and global strategies for the production of food, feed, fiber, and bio-energy that sustain ecosystem services and safeguard food security. By using advanced theories of applied systems analysis, new information technologies and integrated biophysical, social and economic modeling techniques; ESM is charting possible pathways to the future by linking ecosystems, society, policy, and governance.

ESM News

19 October 2016
Reducing ammonia pollution from cattle

Agriculture is responsible for 90% of all ammonia pollution in Europe, a considerable part of which comes from cattle manure management: a new study shows what steps to take to reduce this pollution.  More

ESM Research Groups

Agro-Environmental Systems

Enviro. Resources & Develop.

Economic Decision Making

Earth Observation Systems

Forest Ecosystem Management

Policy and Science Interface

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Michael Obersteiner

Program Director

Ecosystems Services and Management

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Florian Kraxner

Deputy Program Director

Ecosystems Services and Management

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GLP Open Science Meeting

24 Oct 2016 - 27 Oct 2016

UN Climate Change Conference 2016 (COP22)

07 Nov 2016 - 18 Nov 2016

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