Environmental Science, Ecological Systems & Nature-based Solutions

IPBES to launch first Global Assessment Report on biodiversity and ecosystem services since 2005

Ecosystems as complex networks - and their collapse    Ecosystem-based adaptation

Measuring progress towards achieving the environmental dimensions of the SDGs

Explore the ecological tapestry of the world     Explore a tapestry of world ecosystems

Knowledge-based environmental research infrastructure: moving beyond data

Environmenatal Psychology and Logic    Human intelligence and the environment

When it comes to the environment, education affects our actions   

'Pristine' landscapes haven't existed for thousands of years 

Fluctuating environment may have driven human evolution

Ancient DNA yields snapshots of vanishhed ecosystems

Healthy ecosystems, healthy Earth, healthy people

Long-term study shows impact of humans on land

Drew Purves

Putting a price on Nature:

Does it help conservation to put a price on nature?

Nature valued from space    Ecosystem valuation toolkit    

Making the economic case for ecosystem-based adaptation

Little evidence conservation organizaions respond to economic signals

The future value of ecosystem services: global scenarios and national implications

A framework to quantify ecological links between an environmenatal stressor & final ecosystem services

Using Gross Ecosystem Product (GEP) to value Nature in decision making

Policies and legal issues for eco-solutions:

Going green: are ecosystem-based adaptation solutions gaining ground?

Adoption of 'novel ecosystems' by policymakers criticized

Two vital buffers agaist climate change are just offshore

Global hotspots for coastal ecosystem-based adaptation 

Eco-solutions: can Nature solve our problems?

Finding solutions in Nature for climate change

Do we need a law against ecocide?      

Biogeochemistry of ecosystems:

Urban biogeochemistry

Microbes hitch a ride inland on coastal fog

Unexpected natural source of methane discovered

DNA of bacteria crucial to the ecosystem defies explanation

Earth's transition from winter to summer as seen by satellite

Molecular microbiology methods for environmental diagnosis

Which are the most important functional genes in an ecosystem?

The emergence of environmental homeostasis in complex ecosystems

Indirect effects of rising CO2 levels on ecosystems more important than previously thought

Humans strengthen bottom-up effects and weaken trophic cascades in a terrestrial food web

Climate Change impact on ecosystems:

Synergistic ecoclimate teleconnections from forest loss structure global ecological responses

Introduction to ecosystem-based adaptation: a nature-based response to climate change

Long-term reserach reveals how climate change is playing out in real ecosystems 

UN officials call for restoration of ecosystems to reduce climate change disasters

Harnessing Nature: an eco-system approach to climate change preparedness

Dam construction to reduce greenhouse gases causes ecosystem disruption

Risk of severe climate change impact on the terrestrial biosphere

Quantifying the impact of climate on ecosystems worldwide

Biodiversity stabilizes ecosystems during climate extremes

Ecological sensitivity: a biospheric view of climate change

Ancient global cooling gave rise to modern ecosystems

Critical impacts of global warming on land ecosystems

Climate changes the distribution of plants and animals

Metabolism predicts ecological response to warming   

Ecosystem biodiversity a key climate change buffer

Climate change and the ecology of fear 

DRR and ecosystems:

Community conservation resilience initiative

Integrating ecosystems in resilience practice

Investing in ecosytems for DRR: nature for lives 

The role of ecosystems in disaster risk reduction

How ecosystems protect communities against natural hazards

Promoting ecosystems for DRR and climate change adaptation

Countries turn to ecosystems to reduce risk amid concerns over more disasters

Mainstreaming ecosystem services into DRR: navigating complexity through knowledge coproduction

Ecosystem monitoring & management:  

Global environment outlook GEO-6 Summary for policy makers

Global environment outlook GEO-6 Healthy Planet, Healthy People

Assessing confidence in management adaptation approaches for climate-sensitive ecosystems

Carnegie Airborne Observatory - AToMS    Carnegie debuts revolutionary biosphere mapping capability

New cheap method of surveying landscapes can capture environmental change

The global Landsat imagery database for the FAO FRA remote sensing survey

Brilliant ecosystem visualizations - Greg Asner - ecology from the air

New satellite-based maps to aid in climate/environment forecasts

Mapping habitats to describe ecosystems    Landscape migration

Study unlocks faster way to assess ocean ecosystem health

Scientists pioneer method to predict environmental collapse

Environmental 'tipping points' key to predicting extinctions

Scientific foundations for an IUCN 'red list' of ecosystems

Benefits of silicon carbide sensors in harsh environments

Biological field stations: keeping a pulse on our planet

Early warning signal for ecosystem collapse revealed

New scientific field looks at the big picture

Global Environmental Monitoring


The UN decade of ecosystem restoration 2021-2030

Scientists call for a paradigm shift in restoration projects

The role of landscape connectivity in planning and implementing conservation and restoration priorities

Subterrainean ecosystems:

New microbe found thriving deep in the earth

Subterrainean Ecosystems   Ventilation of subterranean CO2 and Eddy covariance incongruities

Arid ecosystems:

Barren deserts can host complex ecosystems in their soils    Driest place on Earth hosts life

Dryland Ecosystems    Arid but full of Life    Grasslands    Tundra

Researchers find microbial heat islands in the desert

Tropical ecosystems:

The state of the tropics report

World faces 'seismic shift' towards the tropics 

Tracking movement of the tropics 800 years into the past

Cryospheric ecosystems:

Cryospheric ecosystems: a synthesis of snowpack and glacial research

Decline in snow cover spells trouble for many plants, animals

Hydrospheric Ecosystems:


Lake Ecosystems

How wolves change rivers

More on Freshwater Ecosystems

Freshwater Ecosystems of the World

Fish as proxies for ecological and environmental change

Energy from the interior of the Earth supports life in a global ecosystem 

Study shows streams are reliable indicators of a region's environmental health              

Environmental factors that influence cyanobacteria and geosmin in reservoirs 

From wing to wing: the persistence of long ecological interaction chains in less-disturbed ecosystems

Ocean Ecosystems:


Tidal Pools

Longhurst Code


Marine ecosystem_services

Existing mangroves  could fall to sea level rise by 2050

The value of seagrasses to the environment and to people

Loss of intertidal ecosystem exposes coastal communities

How machine learning redraws the map of ocean ecosystems

Modelling & Simluation:

A model estimate on the effect of anthropogenic land cover change on the climate of the last millennium

Modeling the interplay between land use, bioenergy production and climate change

Finding generality in ecology: a model for globally distributed experiments

Economic significance of improved environmental forecasting

Maths experts question key ecological theory

The Madingley Model

Modeling all life?        


Regional Ecosystems:


Pacific Regional Environment Programme: Strategic Plan 2011-2015   

Western Pacific Warm Pool

The Northwestrn Hawaiian Islands

The Coral Triangle Initiative    


Pollution 'devastating' China's vital ecosystem

Unsustainable ecological decline in rural China

Huge Underground "Ocean" Found Beneath Asia

Watershed protection  schemes growing: China takes lead

Environmental Statistics in Central Asia: Progress and Prospects

Understanding the coupled natural and human systems in Dryland East Asia

Unbearable legacies: the  politics of envvironmental degradation in North Ko

New ways of monitoring environmental impact could help save rural communities of China

UNDP-supported- ecosystem-based adaptation project in Lao PDR moves forward 

Mainstreaming ecosystem-based adaptation in Vietnam

Vast forest fires in Indonesia spawn ecological disaster


Australia's environment in 2019

The implications of climate change for Australia's biodiversity conservation and protected areas

AUS: managing species and natural ecosystems in a  changing climate

Ecosystems across Australia are collapsing under climate change

Australia establishes International Partnership for Blue Carbon

Repairing a Nation's Environment: Australia - a case study

Humans caused historic Great Barrier Reef collapse

North America:

BC: the cavernous world under the woods

US National Ecological Obervatory Network (NEON)

Sustaining environmental capital: US Presidents Report

US: ecosystem-service assessment - research needs for coastal green infrastructure

US assessment of ecosystem carbon sequestration and greenhouse gas fluxes

Projected Evolution of California's San Francisco Bay-Delta-River System in a Century of Climate Change

Value of Nature in the Puget Sound Basin   The value of British Columbia's nearshore

Economic impact of Metro Parks Tacoma Ecosystem Services

The value of restoring the Mississippi Delta

South & Central America:

Environmental research in Brazil   Dangerous Climate Change in Brazil 

An explicit GIS-based river basin framework for aquatic ecosystem conservation in the Amazon

Network structure beyond food webs: mapping non-tropic and tropic interactions on Chile's rocky shores

Atacama Desert's unprecedented rains are lethal to microbes

Ecuador: ITT Yasuni Initiative    Into the Paramos

Scientists question rush to build controversial Nicaragua canal

Latin Americam & Caribbean Atlas of Our Changing Environment


Competing demands on Europe's environment undermining human well-being
Climate Change and European Marine Ecosystem Research    Digest of EEA indicators 2014

Ecosystem approach for natural hazard mitigation of volcanic tephra in Iceland: building resilience

Evaluating transdisciplinary science to open research-implementation spaces in European social-ecology 

Making headway in climate policy mainstreaming and ecosystem-based adaptation - Germany and Sweden

New mapping method for 'green infrastructure', Europe's vital natural areas

An experimental framework for ecosystem capital accounting in Europe

Protected areas have increased to cover 20% of Europe's land 

Europe's Seas: a valuable asset that must be used sustainably

The European environment - state and outlook 2015

Overfishing leaves swaths of Mediterranean barren

The European Environment - State and Outlook 2010

Environmental footprints of Switzerland

Delivering data for environmental protection

Africa & Middle East:

A new map of standardized terrestrial ecosystems of Africa

Rainbow-coloured hydrothermal systems of Ethiopia show spectrum of extreme life on Earth

Arab Region: atlas of our changing environmment   Transboundary environmental issues    

Modelling alternative land use regimes in semi-arid Morocco - Assessment of perspectives in a changing environment 

'Mixed success' for protected areas in East Africa 

New ecosystems classification system for Africa being developed

Arctic ecosystems:

Arctic Roamers: The Move of Southern Species into Far North

Alpine ecosystems:

Coincidence of the alpine–nival ecotone with the summer snowline    Alpine ecosystems