BESS Science meeting

Lake BESS scientists Nigel Willby and Ambroise Baker attended the BESS Science meeting on April 1st and 2nd in York. It was extremely interesting to hear about the progress of other projects part of the same research programme about Biodiversity, Ecosystem Services and Sustainablility.

We presented our research plans and highlighted the complex relationship between drivers of change and ecosystem services with this slide:

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The BESS programme addresses a broad range of services but we were impressed by the prominent role of cultural ecosystem services across projects, research areas and ecosystem types. Their quantification and mapping remains an arduous task and much work is on the way.

We also heard sobering thoughts about alternative regimes and tipping points in ecosystems by Adrian Newton from the University of Bournemouth. It will be important to better understand how such rapid and unpredictable changes in ecosystems can have an impact on service delivery over time.

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