Coastal Zones Ecosystem Services

From Science to Values and Decision Making

  • R. Kerry Turner
  • Marije Schaafsma

Part of the Studies in Ecological Economics book series (SEEC, volume 9)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. R. K. Turner
    Pages 1-7
  3. Principles

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 9-9
    2. R. K. Turner, Marije Schaafsma, Laurence Mee, Michael Elliott, Daryl Burdon, Jonathan P. Atkins et al.
      Pages 11-40
    3. Tim Jickells, Julian Andrews, Steve Barnard, Paul Tett, Sonja van Leeuwen
      Pages 41-58
    4. R. K. Turner, M. Schaafsma
      Pages 59-75
  4. Practice

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 77-77
    2. Paul Tett, Laurence Mee
      Pages 127-144
    3. Justine Saunders, Nicola Beaumont, Jonathan P. Atkins, Aisling Lannin, Dan Lear, Ece Ozdemiroglu et al.
      Pages 145-164
  5. Case Studies

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 165-165
    2. Justine Saunders, Tavis Potts, Emma Jackson, Daryl Burdon, Jonathan P. Atkins, Emily Hastings et al.
      Pages 167-190
    3. Tiziana Luisetti, R. K. Turner, Julian Andrews, Emma Jackson, Maria Giovanna Palmieri, Antara Sen et al.
      Pages 191-206
    4. Tiziana Luisetti, R. K. Turner, Tim Jickells, Julian Andrews, Michael Elliott, Marije Schaafsma et al.
      Pages 207-217
    5. Maria Giovanna Palmieri, Marije Schaafsma, Tiziana Luisetti, Alberto Barausse, Amii Harwood, Antara Sen et al.
      Pages 219-240

About this book


This book applies the ‘ecosystem services’ framework to coastal environments, showing how it could facilitate an adaptive management strategy.

The contributors describe a decision support system (DSS) based on the 3 Ps – pluralism, pragmatism and precaution – that leads to a more flexible, ‘learn by doing’ approach to the stewardship of coastal environments. The book lays out a “Balance Sheets Approach” to formatting, interrogating and presenting data and findings.

The opening chapter defines coastal zones, their characteristics and natural resources, and describes their complex and dynamic nature. The chapter shows that large-scale trends and pressures have led to a global loss of 50% of marshes, leading to significant declines in biodiversity and habitat.

Part I presents a conceptual framework, describes natural science techniques for coastal and shelf modeling, and describes valuation of ecosystem services. Part II outlines practical ecosystem indicators for coastal and marine ecosystem services, reviews literature on valuation of coastal and marine ecosystem services, explores scenarios, outlines marine and coastal ecosystem services data and offers tools for incorporating data into decision-making. Part III offers case studies including one linking the ecosystem services of Marine Protected Areas to benefits in human wellbeing; and another on valuing blue carbon captured by oceans and coastal ecosystems. Also included are a study of managed realignments and the English coastline, and their value estimate transferability; and studies of the impact of jellyfish blooms on recreation in the UK and on fisheries in Italy.


Adaptive Coastal Environmental Management Balance Sheet Decision Support System Coastal Ecosystem Services Management Ecosystem Services Valuation Ecosystem Services in Practice

Editors and affiliations

  • R. Kerry Turner
    • 1
  • Marije Schaafsma
    • 2
  1. 1.School of Environmental SciencesUniversity of East AngliaNorwichUnited Kingdom
  2. 2.Geography and Environment & Centre for Biological SciencesUniversity of SouthamptonSouthamptonUnited Kingdom

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