University of St Andrews

Valuing Nature Network award for ecological-economics work in coastal management

Friday 05 February 2016

Coastal sedimentary habitats support an array of economically valuable ecosystem services, including regulatory functions such as carbon cycling or pollutant amelioration. In addition, the aesthetic value and health benefits of coastal systems are often ignored and/or under estimated. The provision of coastal services is under threat from both environmental and anthropogenic impacts that are likely to alter provisioning for the future.

The purpose of this placement, awarded by the Valuing Nature Network to Joseph Kenworthy, is to work with Professor Nick Hanley to build upon the candidate’s ecological expertise to encompass aspects of ecosystem valuation and consider how multiple stressors might impact ecosystem values.  Without assigning values to system service flows it is impossible to fully understand the consequences of these changes to coastal ecosystems. These values can be related to policy, supporting decisions relating to the conservation and protection of exploited habitats. The objectives of this placement will facilitate a cross-disciplinary approach, linking natural sciences to social sciences, linking nature to economic benefits.

For further information, please contact Joseph Kenworthy.