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 & 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 & Citizen Science (EOCS)

We use earth observation and citizen science to conduct research and provide innovative, cost effective and high quality data, tools and services to help society achieve the sustainable development goals


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


23 Feb 2020 - 28 Feb 2020
World Biodiversity Forum
Finding acceptable options for biodiversity

IIASA's ESM researchers Martin Jung, Myroslava Lesiv, David Leclere & Piero Visconti will present their latest IIASA... More


ESM News

09 December 2019
Climate change and the threat to global breadbaskets

Extreme climatic conditions could lead to an increased risk of unusually low agricultural harvests if more than one global breadbasket is affected by adverse climate conditions at the same time. The findings of a new IIASA study show that these breadbaskets, the geographical areas responsible for growing much of the world’s food, are at risk to produce enough wheat, maize, and soybean, due to extreme temperatures.  More

26 November 2019
Crowdsourcing landscape restoration assessment in Indonesia

The Urundata mobile application will allow Indonesians to be more involved in efforts to restore forests and landscapes in the country. Users can contribute by playing games to help interpret satellite imagery and gather information on the ground.  More

07 November 2019
Plants and fungi together could slow climate change

A new global assessment shows that human impacts have greatly reduced plant-fungus symbioses, which play a key role in sequestering carbon in soils. Restoring these ecosystems could be one strategy to slow climate change.  More





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CONTACT DETAILS

Steffen Fritz

EOCS Center Head and ESM Acting 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

Florian Kraxner

CLR Center Head and Deputy Program Director

Ecosystems Services and Management

T +43(0) 2236 807 233

ESM Research Centers

Models/Tools/Data

PUBLICATIONS

Hirsch C, Krisztin T, & See L (2020). Water Resources as Determinants for Foreign Direct Investments in Land - A Gravity Analysis of Foreign Land Acquisitions. Ecological Economics 170: e106516. DOI:10.1016/j.ecolecon.2019.106516.

Kanter DR, Winiwarter W , Bodirsky BL, Bouwman L, Boyer E, Buckle S, Compton JE, Dalgaard T, et al. (2020). A framework for nitrogen futures in the shared socioeconomic pathways. Global Environmental Change 61: e102029. DOI:10.1016/j.gloenvcha.2019.102029.

Li W, Li B, Tao S, Ciais P, Piao S, Shen G, Peng S, Wang R, et al. (2020). Missed atmospheric organic phosphorus emitted by terrestrial plants, part 2: Experiment of volatile phosphorus. Environmental Pollution 258: e113728. DOI:10.1016/j.envpol.2019.113728.

ESM Publications

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