Role of long term monitoring sites highlighted at statistical society conference
Last week ECN's Jan Dick and Ron Smith (from CEH) attended the 23rd annual meeting of The International Environmetrics Society (http://ties2013.com/). During a technical session entitled ‘The evidence base for ecosystem management decisions’, Jan presented work examining different ecosystem service indicators. She compared indicators selected by ECN site managers (see reference below) with data derived from pan-European databases and computer-modelled output. The work illustrated the advantages and disadvantages of the bottom-up and top-down identification of ecosystem service indicators.
A paper on ecosystem services at ECN sites was previously published (Dick, J., et al. (2011). A comparison of ecosystem services delivered by 11 long-term monitoring sites in the UK environmental change network. Environmetrics, 22(5), 639-648).