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A biogeochemical ecosystem model can help us to quantify a broad range of ecosystem service indicators. These newly developed measures include: annual wood increment, yearly production of grasslands or croplands, total average carbon stock, annual evapotranspiration, damping of ecosystem daily water outflow, living and dead biomass protecting the soil against erosion, litter and coarse woody debris decomposition rate, and humification rate in the soil. They are unrealistic or even impossible to measure in the field and so they have to be calculated.

Who is it for?

Scientists and stakeholders interested in ecology, especially in uptake of the concept of ecosystem services and ecosystem service indicators.

What is it for?

To study and assess the complex relationships among ecosystem services in landscape management and environmental policies as well as for ecosystem research. These indicators can be used to evaluate real ecosystems or hypothetical reference ecosystem simulations, and can be applied for comparison of different climate or land use scenarios.

How does it work?

The calculation of the ecosystem service indicators is based on indicator specific algorithms and aggregation functions of internal model variables of Biome-BGC. The Biome-BGC Project Database & Management System (BBGCDB) supports users to manage and share all input and parameter files required for execution of Biome-BGC simulations.

Expected results

Structured time-series (daily, monthly and/or annual) output text files, zipped and attached to the BBGCDB project record. BBGCDB project ID, URL and standard annual summary output are outputs of the workflow.

Links to workflow and user documentation

Workflow on myExperiment


Example of use

Creation of timelines of provisioning and regulating Ecosystem Service Indicators (ESIs) of productivity (GRASS/WOOD – biomass materials), annual net primary production (ANPP – global climate regulation), litter and course woody debris decomposition rate (DECOMP – soil formation and composition), damping of ecosystem on daily water outflow (DESDWO – hydrological cycle and water flow maintenance) from 1901 to 2000 at Hegyhátsál meteorology field station in West-Hungary. Based on Biome-BGC simulations of various ecosystems (arable land, dry grassland, oak forest and scots pine forest), under the same site conditions with the same meteorology input.





19 February 2015

At the final review of the project by the EC, one of the reviewers said: “Incredible work done with a community that is not unified. Remarkable work. It opens for new development in a near future. Hope for success. Good project. Happy that you have been financed three plus years ago.”

Read all about the project and its results in the Project Final Report or read the Executive Summary only.