Critical Zone Services: Expanding Context, Constraints, and Currency beyond Ecosystem Services

Critical zone services provide context, constraints, and currency that enable more effective management and valuation of ecosystem services (Adapted from Field, J.P., D.D. Breshears, D.J. Law, J.C. Villegas, L. López-Hoffman, P.D. Brooks, J. Chorover et al. 2015. Critical zone services: expanding context, constraints, and currency beyond ecosystem services. Vadose Z. J. 14(1). View the full article online at http://dx.doi.org/doi:10.2136/vzj2014.10.0142)

10 Feb 2015
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Critical Zone Services: Expanding Context, Constraints, and Currency beyond Ecosystem Services

Image: Critical zone services provide context, constraints, and currency that enable more effective management and valuation of ecosystem services (Adapted from Field, J.P., D.D. Breshears, D.J. Law, J.C. Villegas, L. López-Hoffman, P.D. Brooks, J. Chorover et al. 2015. Critical zone services: expanding context, constraints, and currency beyond ecosystem services. Vadose Z. J. 14(1). View the full article online at http://dx.doi.org/doi:10.2136/vzj2014.10.0142) [Click image to enlarge]

The Earth’s “critical zone” (CZ)--extending from the top of the vegetation canopy to the bottom of groundwater table--provides a host of ecosystem services, and a new paper in the Vadose Zone Journal now suggests incorporating CZ processes into the conventional definition of ecosystem services. This, the authors argue, will offer a more thorough framework for assessing the impacts of climate change and associated disturbances on the Earth’s capacity to continue providing these crucial services. Read more at CSA News Magazine - Article

 


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Critical Zone Services: Expanding Context, Constraints, and Currency beyond Ecosystem Services. Field J.P., Breshears D.D., Law D.J., Villegas J.C., López-Hoffman L., Brooks P.D., Chorover J., Barron-Gafford G.A., Gallery R.E., Litvak M.E., Lybrand R.A., McIntosh J.C., Meixner T., Niu G-Y., Papuga S.A., Pelletier J.D., Rasmussen C.R., and Troch P.A (2015): Vadose Zone Journal 14(1)


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