Tree functional attributes inrelation to ecosystem services  Degi Harja, Jenny Ordonez, Meine           van Noordwijk
Ecosystem Services:•   Provisioning (the production of food, water, etc)•   Regulating (the control of climate, disease, e...
Land cover, functional diversity and       ecosystem services                           Environmental conditions          ...
Specific examples of relating tree       attributes to ecosystem processes        Species ID                    Biodiversi...
Requirements             Tree Functional       Tree FUNATIC Database            Attributes LibraryScenarios               ...
Database               Climatic         Tree FUNATIC                       Land cover,                       zonation     ...
ModelingWaNuLCAS    SExI-FS   GenRiver
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Seminar 13 Mar 2013 - Session 2 - Tree Functional Attributes_ by DHarja & JOrdonez

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The right tree in the right place for a clear reason is a nice slogan, but requires data that are not easily available. Functional diversity refers to the value, range, and relative abundance of functional characteristics (traits, in an ecological sense) in a given ecosystem. Functional diversity approaches are considered a powerful tool to quantify plant responses to environmental gradients and plant mediated effects of ecosystem processes. For instance they can improve our understanding of the relationship between tree diversity and ecosystem functioning. This is a research field that develops fast and global datasets of traits are available, particularly for natural ecosystems. In human intervened ecosystems such information is more limited but farmers/land managers are well aware of plant functions that include the use of products as well as provision of ecosystem services. Here we will present a list of attributes related to key ecosystems services, as identified from scientific knowledge and farmer perspectives, as well as databases available. Finally some brief examples of how these attributes can be used to assess ecosystem services will be presented.

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Seminar 13 Mar 2013 - Session 2 - Tree Functional Attributes_ by DHarja & JOrdonez

  1. 1. Tree functional attributes inrelation to ecosystem services Degi Harja, Jenny Ordonez, Meine van Noordwijk
  2. 2. Ecosystem Services:• Provisioning (the production of food, water, etc)• Regulating (the control of climate, disease, etc)• Supporting (nutrient cycles, crop pollination, etc)• Cultural (spiritual and recreational benefits, etc)
  3. 3. Land cover, functional diversity and ecosystem services Environmental conditions Climate Soils Pests / Diseases Land cover Ecosystem Services Food, materials, Vegetation distribution Ecological processes: medicines Production Soil fertility Nutrient cycles Climate regulation Water cycles Connectivity Functional Trophic transfers Recreation, culture, Diversity religion (vegetation attributes) Actors Strategies and means
  4. 4. Specific examples of relating tree attributes to ecosystem processes Species ID Biodiversity Quantifying Tree Height and Site Productivity Wood Density Modeling Carbon Sequestration Litter fall rate Complex Nutrient Cycles Root Function Interactions Soil healthRain Interception Water cycles
  5. 5. Requirements Tree Functional Tree FUNATIC Database Attributes LibraryScenarios Modeling WaNuLCAS, SExI-FS, GenRiver Ecosystem Ecological Dynamic Services Value
  6. 6. Database Climatic Tree FUNATIC Land cover, zonation connectivityScheme Map Floristic & Suitability Carbon eco-regions stock Ecological Growth Map Mesoclimate range parameters coordinates Tree Soil &Properties Species ID Plot ID inventory land form Use & utility, Products Growth & Watershed ethnobotany & markets yield models functions Taxonomy, Common Botanical Digital Functional synonyms names description herbarium diversity indicators, Pollination, Wood Allometric Leaf ecolabelling dispersal density relations morphotype Species criteria identifica- *Tree Functional attributes and Ecological Database tion tools
  7. 7. ModelingWaNuLCAS SExI-FS GenRiver
  8. 8. Thank You

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