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Monday, April 9 • 1:45pm - 2:00pm
SYMPOSIA-01: Provisioning and Accessibility of Ecosystem Services Within the Chicago Region

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AUTHORS: Mayra I. Rodriguez-Gonzalez*, Forestry and Natural Resources at Purdue University; Brady S. Hardiman, Forestry and Natural Resources & Environmental and Ecological Engineering at Purdue University

ABSTRACT: Incorporating ecosystem services, the benefits humans obtain from nature, into planning can enable better and more sustainable land management decisions. Large-scale assessments of ecosystem services can vary greatly, especially across urban-to-rural gradients. Areas providing multiple ecosystem services are landscape-specific and subject to current human-to-ecosystem dynamics. In this study, we integrate geospatial data layers, ecosystem services models, and social data to explore the nature and ecology of spatial patterns and arrangements of multi-service providing areas across the urban-to-rural gradient of the Chicago region. We consider that accessibility, or the potential to reach and benefit from service providing areas, must be an active and integral component of management strategies in urban ecosystems. Although desirable, accessibility may not correlate positively with high levels of ecosystem service provisioning. Thus, we explore the social, spatial, and ecological trade-offs necessary to characterize accessibility. This study incorporates multi-scale spatial and sociodemographic analyses of beneficiaries’ perception, understanding, and potential usage of service providing areas as measures of consumption equity and ease of use. Our work advances understanding of the socio-ecological dynamics underlying human interactions within urban-to-rural gradients.

Monday April 9, 2018 1:45pm - 2:00pm CDT
Hancock Parlor

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