Home About Browse Search
Svenska


Rethinking ecosystem service indicators for their application to intermittent rivers

Pastor, A. and Tzoraki, O. and Bruno, D. and Kaletova, T. and Mendoza-Lera, C. and Alamanos, A. and Brummer, M. and Datry, T. and De Girolamo, A. M. and Jakubinsky, J. and Logar, I and Loures, L. and Ilheu, M. and Koundouri, P. and Nunes, J. P. and Quintas-Soriano, C. and Sykes, T. and Truchy, Amélie and Tsani, S. and Jorda-Capdevila, D. (2022). Rethinking ecosystem service indicators for their application to intermittent rivers. Ecological Indicators. 137 , 108693
[Article Review/Survey]

[img] PDF
8MB

Abstract

In these times of strong pressure on aquatic ecosystems and water resources due to climate change and water abstraction, intermittent rivers and ephemeral streams (IRES) (rivers that periodically cease to flow and/or dry) have become valuable assets. Indeed, not only do they supply water but they also offer services for humanity. Despite a growing recognition towards IRES, information for assessing their ecosystem services (ES) remains scarce. In a first step, an international interdisciplinary group of researchers developed a methodological framework to acknowledge ES provided by IRES using 109 indicators. A subset of selected ES indicators was then applied to two case studies: the Rio Seco in the Algarve (Portugal) and the Giofyros River in Crete (Greece). This paper discusses the applicability of these indicators, including the temporal and spatial variability of IRES flow regimes. Aspects of the framework, such as the methods and time required for data collection, the nature (de-mand or supply) and functionality of each indicator are discussed. The new framework accounts for flow intermittence in ES analyses and can help scientists and water managers to i) increase the ease and justification for IRES use in management approaches and ii) improve their conservation and restoration with a comprehensive set of appropriate indicators for IRES. In addition, the comprehensive nature of the proposed indicators ensures that they can be understood by a broad audience and easily applicable. Since they were designed through a public participation process, the setting has been prepared for holistic stakeholder analysis and education around IRES functions and associated ES. From a management point of view, it would be particularly relevant to perform an economic evaluation with this new framework to understand the value of each ES category and their tradeoffs. For the scientific community, however, it is important to consider public preferences to design socially accepted policies. The proposed indicators can successfully bridge these elements, hereby establishing a solid basis for the assessment of ES provided by IRES.

Authors/Creators:Pastor, A. and Tzoraki, O. and Bruno, D. and Kaletova, T. and Mendoza-Lera, C. and Alamanos, A. and Brummer, M. and Datry, T. and De Girolamo, A. M. and Jakubinsky, J. and Logar, I and Loures, L. and Ilheu, M. and Koundouri, P. and Nunes, J. P. and Quintas-Soriano, C. and Sykes, T. and Truchy, Amélie and Tsani, S. and Jorda-Capdevila, D.
Title:Rethinking ecosystem service indicators for their application to intermittent rivers
Series Name/Journal:Ecological Indicators
Year of publishing :2022
Volume:137
Article number:108693
Number of Pages:17
Publisher:ELSEVIER
ISSN:1470-160X
Language:English
Publication Type:Article Review/Survey
Article category:Scientific peer reviewed
Version:Published version
Copyright:Creative Commons: Attribution 4.0
Full Text Status:Public
Subjects:(A) Swedish standard research categories 2011 > 1 Natural sciences > 105 Earth and Related Environmental Sciences > Environmental Sciences (social aspects to be 507)
(A) Swedish standard research categories 2011 > 1 Natural sciences > 105 Earth and Related Environmental Sciences > Oceanography, Hydrology, Water Resources
Keywords:Ecosystem services, Hydrological phases, Intermittent rivers, Temporary rivers River management Flow, regime, Indicators
URN:NBN:urn:nbn:se:slu:epsilon-p-117086
Permanent URL:
http://urn.kb.se/resolve?urn=urn:nbn:se:slu:epsilon-p-117086
Additional ID:
Type of IDID
DOI10.1016/j.ecolind.2022.108693
Web of Science (WoS)000786675400004
ID Code:27932
Faculty:NJ - Fakulteten för naturresurser och jordbruksvetenskap
Department:(NL, NJ) > Dept. of Aquatic Sciences and Assessment
Deposited By: SLUpub Connector
Deposited On:18 May 2022 11:25
Metadata Last Modified:18 May 2022 11:31

Repository Staff Only: item control page

Downloads

Downloads per year (since September 2012)

View more statistics

Downloads
Hits