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Ecosystem services

Valuing ecosystems for climate

Ecosystems regulate climate through biogeochemistry and biophysics, but current policies only recognize biogeochemical influences. A new proposal to include biophysical effects changes the climate value of ecosystems, and sets the stage to expand the suite of climate regulation services considered in global policies and carbon markets.

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Figure 1: Ecosystem influences on climate over space and time.


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Hungate, B., Hampton, H. Valuing ecosystems for climate. Nature Clim Change 2, 151–152 (2012).

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