Evaluating ecosystem services and functions in coastal habitats for use in habitat restoration


The photo depicts a marsh restoration project in North Carolina. Photo: DFO

Well-functioning ecosystems provide many benefits, such as habitats, that are known as ecosystem services and functions; these can be threatened by impacts of human activities. Habitat restoration can maintain ecological integrity by compensating for lost ecosystem services and functions from damaged habitat. This requires a method to quantify the loss of ecosystem functions, but it is unclear which types of measures are best to do so. This project will use a literature review to improve the understanding of ecosystem services and functions in the context of habitat restoration.

Program Name

Strategic Program for Ecosystem-based Research and Advice (SPERA)


Atlantic: Gulf of Maine, Scotian Shelf

Principal Investigator(s)

Melissa C. Wong

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