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Ecosystem services in the Arctic: a thematic review

Ecosystem services in the Arctic: a thematic review

Title: Ecosystem services in the Arctic: a thematic review
Author: Malinauskaite, Laura   orcid.org/0000-0002-8545-4989
Cook, David   orcid.org/0000-0001-9200-0515
Davidsdottir, Brynhildur   orcid.org/0000-0001-9783-9942
Ögmundardóttir, Helga
Roman, Joe
Date: 2019-04
Language: English
Scope: 100898
University/Institute: Háskóli Íslands
University of Iceland
School: Félagsvísindasvið (HÍ)
School of Social Sciences (UI)
Verkfræði- og náttúruvísindasvið (HÍ)
School of Engineering and Natural Sciences (UI)
Department: Félagsfræði-, mannfræði- og þjóðfræðideild (HÍ)
Faculty of Sociology, Anthropology and Folkloristics (UI)
Hagfræðideild (HÍ)
Faculty of Economics (UI)
Líf- og umhverfisvísindadeild (HÍ)
Faculty of Life and Environmental Sciences (UI)
Series: Ecosystem Services;36
ISSN: 2212-0416
DOI: 10.1016/j.ecoser.2019.100898
Subject: Arctic; Ecosystem services; Literature review; Meta-synthesis; ES valuation; Social-ecological systems; Norður-heimskautið; Fræðileg samantekt; Vistkerfi; Félagshagfræði
URI: https://hdl.handle.net/20.500.11815/1702

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Malinauskaite, L., Cook, D., Davíðsdóttir, B., Ögmundardóttir, H., & Roman, J. (2019). Ecosystem services in the Arctic: a thematic review. Ecosystem Services, 36, 100898. doi:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ecoser.2019.100898


The study presents the first systematic review of the existing literature on Arctic ES. Applying the Search, Appraisal, Synthesis and Analysis (SALSA) and snowballing methods and three selection criteria, 33 publications were sourced, including peer-reviewed articles, policy papers and scientific reports, and their content synthesised using the thematic analysis method. Five key themes were identified: (1) general discussion of Arctic ES, (2) Arctic social-ecological systems, (3) ES valuation, (4) ES synergies and/or trade-offs, and (5) integrating the ES perspective into management. The meta-synthesis of the literature reveals that the ES concept is increasingly being applied in the Arctic context in all five themes, but there remain large knowledge gaps concerning mapping, assessment, economic valuation, analysis of synergies, trade-offs, and underlying mechanisms, and the social effects of ES changes. Even though ES are discussed in most publications as being relevant for policy, there are few practical examples of its direct application to management. The study concludes that more primary studies of Arctic ES are needed on all of the main themes as well as governance initiatives to move Arctic ES research from theory to practice.


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