Activities for 2014

The Ecosystems Services and Management (ESM) Program is already committed to contributing to over 50 externally funded projects in 2014.

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Here we highlight a few scientific developments, which will contribute to the core scientific research infrastructure in ESM in 2014.

  • Mainly through funding by an ERC grant awarded to Steffen Fritz, new games will be designed to further enhance global earth observation systems through the system. Improvements to land resource information will, in turn, enrich environmental and yield gap modeling. Here, the focus will be on combinations of relative nutrient scarcities and imbalances using improved information on heterogeneity in soil resources.
  • There are plans to develop a high resolution forest sector module within ESM’s economic model. Further improvements to the economic model will be carried out, focusing on modeling stochastic events. Here, the focus will be on expected climate extremes including extremes of the water cycle.
  • Improvements will be made to the food security module. A global scale fertilizer industry model, covering Nitrogen-Phosphorus-Potassium, will be constructed for modular integration into the land use modeling cluster.
  • Research toward designing innovative green finance solutions will be continued. These will ultimately aim to build a finance module connected to the ESM integrated model cluster.

Environmental Resources and Development: 2014

There are four main research activities planned for 2014 by the Ecosystems Services and Management (ESM) Program's Environmental Resources and Development (ERD) group. More

Agro-Ecological Systems: 2014

The work of Agro-Ecological Systems (AES) in 2014 will be based on improvements to the EPIC model and on the IMBALANCE-P project. More

Forest Ecosystem Management: 2014

Forest Ecosystem Management (FEM) will concentrate on two main projects: precision forestry for the future and the Future Forest project on the Swedish forest sector. More

Earth Observation Systems: 2014

Research of the Ecosystems Services and Management (ESM) Program Earth Observation Systems (EOS) in 2014 will encompass three specific projects building on Geo-Wiki and a fourth on Terrestrial Ecosystems Verified Full GHG Accounting. More

Methods for Economic Decision Making under Uncertainty: 2014

The Ecosystems Services and Management (ESM) Program's Methods for Economic Decision Making under Uncertainty (MEDU) research group will concentrate on three projects in 2014. More

Policy and Science Interface: 2014

The Ecosystems Services and Management (ESM) Program's Policy and Science Interface (PSI) group will have six focal points in 2014. More


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