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So you want your research to be relevant? Building the bridge between ecosystem services research and practice

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Olander, L; Polasky, S; Kagan, JS; Johnston, RJ; Wainger, L; Saah, D; Maguire, L; Boyd, J; Yoskowitz, D
Published in: Ecosystem Services
August 1, 2017

There is growing demand for information regarding the impacts of decisions on ecosystem services and human benefits. Despite the large and growing quantity of published ecosystem services research, there remains a substantial gap between this research and the information required to support decisions. Research often provides models and tools that do not fully link social and ecological systems; are too complex, specialized, and costly to use; and are targeted to outcomes that differ from those needed by decision makers. Decision makers require cost-effective, straightforward, transferable, scalable, meaningful, and defensible methods that can be readily understood. We provide illustrative examples of these gaps between research and practice and describe how researchers can make their work relevant to decision makers by using Benefit Relevant Indicators (BRIs) and choosing models appropriate for particular decision contexts. We use examples primarily from the United States, including cases that illustrate varying degrees of success in closing these gaps. We include a discussion of the challenges and opportunities researchers face in adapting their work to meet the needs of practitioners.

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Ecosystem Services

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2212-0416

Publication Date

August 1, 2017

Volume

26

Start / End Page

170 / 182

Related Subject Headings

  • 4104 Environmental management
  • 4102 Ecological applications
  • 3103 Ecology
  • 1499 Other Economics
  • 1402 Applied Economics
 

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Olander, L., Polasky, S., Kagan, J. S., Johnston, R. J., Wainger, L., Saah, D., … Yoskowitz, D. (2017). So you want your research to be relevant? Building the bridge between ecosystem services research and practice. Ecosystem Services, 26, 170–182. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ecoser.2017.06.003
Olander, L., S. Polasky, J. S. Kagan, R. J. Johnston, L. Wainger, D. Saah, L. Maguire, J. Boyd, and D. Yoskowitz. “So you want your research to be relevant? Building the bridge between ecosystem services research and practice.” Ecosystem Services 26 (August 1, 2017): 170–82. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ecoser.2017.06.003.
Olander L, Polasky S, Kagan JS, Johnston RJ, Wainger L, Saah D, et al. So you want your research to be relevant? Building the bridge between ecosystem services research and practice. Ecosystem Services. 2017 Aug 1;26:170–82.
Olander, L., et al. “So you want your research to be relevant? Building the bridge between ecosystem services research and practice.” Ecosystem Services, vol. 26, Aug. 2017, pp. 170–82. Scopus, doi:10.1016/j.ecoser.2017.06.003.
Olander L, Polasky S, Kagan JS, Johnston RJ, Wainger L, Saah D, Maguire L, Boyd J, Yoskowitz D. So you want your research to be relevant? Building the bridge between ecosystem services research and practice. Ecosystem Services. 2017 Aug 1;26:170–182.
Journal cover image

Published In

Ecosystem Services

DOI

ISSN

2212-0416

Publication Date

August 1, 2017

Volume

26

Start / End Page

170 / 182

Related Subject Headings

  • 4104 Environmental management
  • 4102 Ecological applications
  • 3103 Ecology
  • 1499 Other Economics
  • 1402 Applied Economics