Quantification and mapping of regulating and provisioning ecosystem services in Schleswig-Holstein, Germany
This thesis focused on the assessment of the ES crop production and nutrient regulation. The provision of food for satisfying basic human needs, along with the current situation surrounding nutrient use, specifically with regard to over-fertilization and consequent degradation of the environment, are key as foundations for sustainable land management. The objective of the thesis was to assess and map these ES in agriculturally-dominated landscapes. Therefore, Schleswig-Holstein, the Bornhöved Lakes District and the landscapes around Höxter and Eversen were selected as study areas. A further objective of the thesis was the investigation of ecosystem properties and conditions as a base for the capacity of ecosystems to provide ES.