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A common typology for ecosystem characteristics and ecosystem condition variables

Czúcz, Bálint, Keith, Heather, Driver, Amanda, Jackson, Bethanna, Nicholson, Emily and Maes, Joachim 2021, A common typology for ecosystem characteristics and ecosystem condition variables, One ecosystem, vol. 6, pp. 1-16, doi: 10.3897/oneeco.6.e58218.

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Title A common typology for ecosystem characteristics and ecosystem condition variables
Author(s) Czúcz, Bálint
Keith, Heather
Driver, Amanda
Jackson, Bethanna
Nicholson, EmilyORCID iD for Nicholson, Emily orcid.org/0000-0003-2199-3446
Maes, Joachim
Journal name One ecosystem
Volume number 6
Article ID e58218
Start page 1
End page 16
Total pages 16
Publisher Pensoft Publishers
Place of publication Sofia, Bulgaria
Publication date 2021
ISSN 2367-8194
Keyword(s) ecosystem condition
ecosystem characteristics
ecological integrity
classification
ecosystem accounts
System Of Environmental Economic Accounting
Experimental Ecosystem Accounting
SEEA EEA
Summary The UN System of Environmental-Economic Accounting Experimental Ecosystem Accounting (SEEA EEA) aims at regular and standardised stocktaking on the extent of ecosystems, their condition and the services they provide to society. Recording the condition of ecosystems is one of the most complex pieces in this exercise, needing to be supported by robust and consistent guidelines. SEEA EEA defines the condition of an ecosystem as its overall quality, measured in terms of quantitative metrics describing both abiotic and biotic characteristics. The main objective of this paper is to propose a simple universal classification (typology) for these ecosystem condition characteristics and metrics, based on long standing ecological concepts and traditions. The proposed SEEA EEA Ecosystem Condition Typology (SEEA ECT) is a hierarchical classification consisting of six classes grouped into three main groups (abiotic, biotic and landscape-level ecosystem characteristics). In order to facilitate practical applications, SEEA ECT is cross-linked to the most relevant existing typologies for ecosystem characteristics currently used for other purposes. To ensure clarity and practicality, we identified potential overlaps between classes and also identified the most important groups of ‘ancillary data’ that should not be considered as ecosystem condition characteristics. We consider that this new typology for ecosystem condition will create a meaningful reporting structure for ecosystem condition accounts, thus facilitating its standardisation and broad application.
Language eng
DOI 10.3897/oneeco.6.e58218
Indigenous content off
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
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Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30147650

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