Cranfield University hosted a workshop on ecosystem services modelling on the 1-2 Dec 2016 for twenty early career researchers. Topics explored practical considerations and challenges with the current state of the art before considering the importance of ecosystem service modelling in the broader contexts of scientific enquiry, economics and policymaking. Presenters drew from their own experiences with F3UES and other recent projects, while delegates shared their own backgrounds, experiences and perceptions around the current state of the art, key challenges and forward goals facing the modelling of ecosystem services.
Invited speakers included Prof Jack Cosby (Group Leader Catchments and Soils, Centre for Ecology and Hydrology), Prof Nicholas Hanley (Professor of Environmental Economics, University of St Andrews) and Prof Paul Leinster (Professor of Environmental Assessment, Atmospheric Informatics and Emissions Technology, Cranfield University). The workshop received positive feedback from participants who felt it covered a useful range of topics, afforded a good opportunity to network with fellow researchers, and described case studies of how ecosystem services modelling is currently being used and developed. The event was organised and hosted by a team including Darren Grafius, Theresa Mercer, Ron Corstanje, Angela Colclough, and Jim Harris.
Darren Grafius and Theresa Mercer