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Mapping and modelling spatio-temporal dynamics of ecosystem services and land use change in the EU
Group: VU University Amsterdam, Institute for Environmental Studies (IVM), Spatial Analysis and Decision Support
Promotor: Prof. P.H. Verburg
Many ecosystem services depend on land use characteristics and therefore, respond to land use change. However, there are a wide range of further variables that shape demand and supply for ecosystem services. Therefore, I developed a model for one ecosystem service that incorporated a wider range of environmental variables. Subsequently, I explored the effect of past and projected land use change on a range of ecosystem services within in the European Union. I located hotspots of particular land change trajectories in four scenarios for the years 2000 through 2040 and quantified how these might affect ecosystem service supply. In addition, I explored various concepts of landscape multifunctionality and discussed how these concepts can affect perception of ecosystem service provision.
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