Crowdsourced photos help identify spatial relationships among cultural, regulating services and biodiversity
A new study conducted by the group members Heera Lee and Bumsuk Seo is published in Ecosystem Services (https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ecoser.2022.101411)
This study investigated the relationships between cultural ecosystem services (landscape aesthetics and existence) using crowdsourced photographs, carbon storage and species richness of plants and butterflies for a case study in Saxony, Germany. It was found that the relationship between cultural services and species richness was higher for butterflies than for plants. Forest cover showed a positive relationship with cultural services and carbon storage. However, it was negatively impacted when forest cover was higher than 50%. The findings of this study can provide additional information for spatial planning in the study region.
Lee, H., Seo, B., Cord, A., Volk, M. and Lautenbach, S. 2022. Using crowdsourced images to study selected cultural ecosystem services and their relationships with species richness and carbon sequestration, Ecosystem Services, 54. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ecoser.2022.101411