Advances in Earth Science ›› 2018, Vol. 33 ›› Issue (8): 852-864. doi: 10.11867/j.issn.1001-8166.2018.08.0852

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Research Progress, Existing Problems and Fature Direction on River Ecosystem Service

Xiaoshan Fan( ), Ping He   

  1. 1.Chinese Research Academy of Environmental Sciences, Beijing 100012, China
    2.State Environment Protection Key Laboratory of Regional Eco-process and Function Assessment, Beijing 100012, China
    3.State Key Laboratory of Environmental Criteria and Risk Assessment, Chinese Research Academy of Environmental Sciences, Beijing 100012, China
  • Received:2018-01-05 Revised:2018-06-07 Online:2018-08-10 Published:2018-09-14
  • About author:

    First author:Fan Xiaoshan(1976-),female,Nanchong City, Sichuan Province, Associate Professor. Research areas include ecological economics and environmental policy. E-mail:

  • Supported by:
    Project supported by the Major Science and Technology Program for Water Pollution Control and Treatment “Key technologies for observation & simulation platform construction for water ecological integrity in Liaohe River Basin”(No.2014ZX07508-001-003);The National Natural Science Foundation of China “Liabilities accounting of ecological assets for opencast coal mine in north grassland”(No.41501581).

Xiaoshan Fan, Ping He. Research Progress, Existing Problems and Fature Direction on River Ecosystem Service[J]. Advances in Earth Science, 2018, 33(8): 852-864.

River ecosystems are closely linked to human economic and social development, which are the most ecosystems at risk on earth. The research of ecosystem services can provide important scientific references for the ecosystems utilization,protection and management. On basis of summarizing the basic theories,assessment frameworks,technical methods and application practices related with research findings of river ecosystem services both at home and abroad,the existing shortcomings such as weak research foundation,lack of scientific and reasonable methods in ecosystem service evaluation,narrow application scope of the research results were pointed out. In consideration of the needs of society and the research tendency,the future developing directions of river ecosystems service were described: the solid research foundation should be established by multi-disciplinary and multi-scale integrations, the standardized,normalized and scientific evaluation system for ecosystem services shall be built by innovating assessment framework and technical methodology systems comprehensively, the new research areas including trade-offs and commercialization of ecosystem services will be carried out widely to expand our research perspectives and enhance the application values of the results.

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