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Forest Ecosystem services: Water resources

Posted date: March 07, 2018
Publication Year: 
2017
Authors: Holmes, Thomas P.; Vose, James; Warziniack, Travis; Holman, Bill
Publication Series: 
Book Chapter
Source: General Technical Report SRS-226. Asheville, NC: U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service, Southern Research Station.
Note: This article is part of a larger document.

Abstract

Since the publication of the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment (MEA 2005), awareness has steadily grown regarding the importance of maintaining natural capital. Forest vegetation is a valuable source of natural capital, and the regulation of water quantity and quality is among the most important forest ecosystem services in many regions around the world. Changes in forest cover alter the provision of water resource ecosystem services via influences on precipitation regimes, drinking water supply and purification, flood control, maintenance of streamflows, provision of recreational opportunities, and cooling water for thermoelectric power production. In this chapter, we describe how the ecosystem service values of water resources from forest landscapes can be estimated. Although much of the literature we reference is focused on the Southern United States, the concepts and methods described here are broadly applicable to other regions.

Citation

Holmes, Thomas P.; Vose, James; Warziniack, Travis; Holman,Bill 2017. Forest Ecosystem services: Water resources. In: Trees at work: economic accounting for forest ecosystem services in the U.S. South. General Technical Report SRS-226. Asheville, NC: U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service, Southern Research Station.  
National Strategic Program Areas: 
Resource Management and Use; Water, Air, and Soil