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 editors: Snäll, Tord; Triviño, María; Mair, Louise; Bengtsson, Jan; Moen, Jon

Journal or series: Nature Sustainability

eISSN: 2398-9629

Publication year: 2021

Publication date: 02/09/2021

Volume: 4

Issue number: 11

Pages range: 951-957

Publisher: Nature Publishing Group

Publication country: United Kingdom

Publication language: English

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1038/s41893-021-00764-w

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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.

Keywords: forests; forest ecology; ecosystem services; wood production; wild berries; carbon sequestration; boreal zone; spatial analysis

Free keywords: boreal ecology; ecosystem services

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Reporting Year: 2021

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