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Integrating methods for ecosystem service assessment and valuation: mixed methods or mixed messages?

Hattam, Caroline; Böhnke-Henrichs, Anne; Börger, Tobias; Burdon, Daryl; Hadjimichael, Maria; Delaney, Alyne; Atkins, Jonathan P.; Garrard, Samantha; Austen, Melanie C.

Authors

Caroline Hattam

Anne Böhnke-Henrichs

Tobias Börger

Maria Hadjimichael

Alyne Delaney

Samantha Garrard

Melanie C. Austen

Abstract

A mixed-method approach was used to assess and value the ecosystem services derived from the Dogger Bank, an extensive shallow sandbank in the southern North Sea. Three parallel studies were undertaken that 1) identified and quantified, where possible, how indicators for ecosystem service provision may change according to two future scenarios, 2) assessed members of the public's willingness-to-pay for improvements to a small number of ecosystem services as a consequence of a hypothetical management plan, and 3) facilitated a process of deliberation that allowed members of the public to explore the uses of the Dogger Bank and the conflicts and dilemmas involved in its management. Each of these studies was designed to answer different and specific research questions and therefore contributes different insights about the ecosystem services delivered by the Dogger Bank. This paper explores what can be gained by bringing these findings together post hoc and the extent to which the different methods are complementary. Findings suggest that mixed-method research brings more understanding than can be gained from the individual approaches alone. Nevertheless, the choice of methods used and how these methods are implemented strongly affects the results obtained.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date 2015-12
Journal Ecological economics
Print ISSN 0921-8009
Publisher Elsevier
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 120
Pages 126-138
Institution Citation Hattam, C., Böhnke-Henrichs, A., Börger, T., Burdon, D., Hadjimichael, M., Delaney, A., …Austen, M. C. (2015). Integrating methods for ecosystem service assessment and valuation: mixed methods or mixed messages?. Ecological economics : the journal of the International Society for Ecological Economics, 120, 126-138. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ecolecon.2015.10.011
DOI https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ecolecon.2015.10.011
Keywords Ecosystem services, Mixed-methods, Valuation, Complementarity, Dogger Bank
Publisher URL http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S092180091500419X
Additional Information This article is maintained by: Elsevier; Article Title: Integrating methods for ecosystem service assessment and valuation: Mixed methods or mixed messages?; Journal Title: Ecological Economics; CrossRef DOI link to publisher maintained version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ecolecon.2015.10.011; Content Type: article; Copyright: Copyright © 2015 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

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