Advances in Earth Science ›› 2015, Vol. 30 ›› Issue (11): 1250-1259. doi: 10.11867/j.issn.1001-8166.2015.11.1250

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Progress and Perspective on Ecosystem Services Trade-offs

Dai Erfu 1, Wang Xiaoli 1, 2, *, Zhu Jianjia 1, 2, Gao Jiangbo 1   

  1. 1. Key Laboratory of Land Surface Pattern and Simulation, Institute of Geographic Sciences and Natural Resources Research, Chinese Academy of Sciences,Beijing 100101, China;
    2. University of Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100049, China
  • Received:2015-08-08 Revised:2015-10-23 Online:2015-11-20 Published:2015-11-20
  • About author:First author: Dai Erfu (1972-), male, Pingliang City, Gansu Province, Professor. Research areas include physical geography, climate change and regional/local responses, land use change simulation. E-mail: author: Wang Xiaoli (1988-), female, Tai’an City, Shandong Province, Ph.D student. Research areas include physical geography, ecosystem services evaluation and trade-offs. E-mail:
  • Supported by:
    Project supported by the National Basic Research Program of China “Spatial heterogeneity of land and its ecological effects”(No.2015CB452702); The National Natural Science Foundation of China “Ecosystem services and its trade-off derived by land use change on vertical spectrum and spatial heterogeneity”(No.41571098)

Dai Erfu, Wang Xiaoli, Zhu Jianjia, Gao Jiangbo. Progress and Perspective on Ecosystem Services Trade-offs[J]. Advances in Earth Science, 2015, 30(11): 1250-1259.

Trade-offs and synergies -widely exist among ecosystem services, which is the core of ecology, geography and resources sciences. Deepening the understandings of the spatial characteristics, driving mechanism, and scale effects of trade-offs and synergies will no doubt shed light on human well-being and the “win-win” policy of environment and human. This paper identified the norms related to trade-offs and synergies of eco-services, and then clarified the theoretical foundation of this topic was clarified. Following that, the driving mechanism and scale effects of trade-offs and synergies of eco-services were investigated. Finally, we proposed future direction and questions for research work, including improving classification and assessment method on ecosystem services, expanding quantitative approaches on trade-offs and synergies of eco-system, and policy oriented ideology to sustainable development of environment and human.
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