Developing biodiversity indicators and economic valuations for created grasslands in the UK

Cruickshank, Samantha (2017). Developing biodiversity indicators and economic valuations for created grasslands in the UK. PHD thesis, Aston University.

Abstract

The thesis is an investigation in to a quick and easy means of establishing the ecosystem service provision of a created grassland and applying an economic value to these services. Biodiversity indicators are first explored in a literature review. Common statistical techniques are then employed to identify relevant bio-indicators of created grasslands from first-hand data collected from sourced fieldwork study sites. Economic values of ecosystem service provision in grasslands are then extracted from papers sourced from a systematic review. These values, and their explanatory variables, are modelled to establish variation in economic estimates. Benchmarking figures of goal grassland ecosystem service provision are established based on theory. Crucially, a link between ecological data and economic values is ascertained. This allows an Excel model to be designed allowing users to estimate economic value of grasslands based on on-site recordings of identified bio-indicators.

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Institution: Aston University
Uncontrolled Keywords: bio-indicators ,non-market valuation,habitat creation;,biodiversity ,ecosystem services
Completed Date: 2017-02-14
Authors: Cruickshank, Samantha

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