Bottom up Adaptation Strategies for a Sustainable Europe

Past and future impacts of land use and climate change on agricultural ecosystem services in the Czech Republic

Lorencová, E., Frélichová, J., Nelson, E., Vačkář, D. 2013. Land Use Policy 33, 183-194

BASE partner Eliska Lorencová is the lead author in this article which provides a qualitative and quantitative analysis of the impacts on selected ecosystem services (carbon sequestration, food production and soil erosion) in the agricultural sector of the Czech Republic.

This assessment shows that, historical land use trends and land use under projected climate scenarios display some shared spatial patterns. Specifically, these factors both lead to a significant decrease of arable land in the border fringes of the Czech Republic, which is to some extent replaced by grasslands, in turn affecting the provision of ecosystem services. Moreover, this assessment contributes to a useful method for integrating spatially explicit land use and climate change analysis that can be applied to other sectors or transition countries elsewhere.

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