A1 Journal article (refereed)
High rates of short-term dynamics of forest ecosystem services (2021)

Snäll, T., Triviño, M., Mair, L., Bengtsson, J., & Moen, J. (2021). High rates of short-term dynamics of forest ecosystem services. Nature Sustainability, 4(11), 951-957. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41893-021-00764-w

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All authors or editorsSnäll, Tord; Triviño, María; Mair, Louise; Bengtsson, Jan; Moen, Jon

Journal or seriesNature Sustainability


Publication year2021

Publication date02/09/2021


Issue number11

Pages range951-957

PublisherNature Publishing Group

Publication countryUnited Kingdom

Publication languageEnglish


Publication open accessNot open

Publication channel open access

Publication is parallel published (JYX)https://jyx.jyu.fi/handle/123456789/78491


Currently, the main tools for assessing and managing ecosystem services at large scales are maps providing snapshots of their potential supply. However, many ecosystems change over short timescales; thus, such maps soon become inaccurate. Here we show high rates of short-term dynamics of three key forest ecosystem services: wood production, bilberry production and topsoil carbon storage. Almost 85% of the coldspots and 65% of the hotspots for these services had changed into a different state over a ten-year period. Wood production showed higher rates of short-term dynamics than bilberry production and carbon storage. The high rates of dynamics mean that static snapshot ecosystem service maps provide limited information for assessing and managing multifunctional, dynamic landscapes, such as forests. We advocate that dynamic, spatially explicit tools to assess and manage ecosystem service dynamics be further developed and applied in post-2020 biodiversity and ecosystem service policy supporting frameworks.

Keywordsforestsforest ecologyecosystem serviceswood productionwild berriescarbon sequestrationboreal zonespatial analysis

Free keywordsboreal ecology; ecosystem services

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Reporting Year2021

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