Land Use and Ecosystem Services
The research aims to increase our understanding of how woodlands and wooded landscapes provide a diverse range of ecosystem services (ES), and to help policymakers, forest managers and planners understand and assess how the specific placement and management of woodlands affects ES delivery at various scales.
Exploring changes in ecosystem services under varying scenarios
Exploration of the resilience of woodlands to future change by assessing how ecosystem service values and natural capital stocks of woodlands may be affected by change through the application of the UK National Ecosystem Assessment (UK NEA) scenarios and different management approaches, e.g. forest diversification through the application of forest management alternatives
Exploring scenarios of forest diversification and ecosystem services impacts
This page describes our work carrying out research into the delivery of forest ecosystem services at the forest scale.
- Land Use and Ecosystem Services: Focusing on the use of ecosystem services indicators and tools, scenario modelling for management planning, and woodland expansion visions for the Lochaber region, Scotland.
Climate change and British woodland: What does the future hold?
By Mark Broadmeadow et. al. From Forest Research Annual Report and Accounts 2002-3. Related pages Climate change research
Urban Forests in a European Perspective: what can the National Forest Inventory tell us?
This pilot project demonstrates that the NFI data, in combinationwith the DEGURBA approach, provides existing data onEuropean urban forests. Now that we know what we have, thereis potential to quantify…
Practical solutions for bottlenecks in ecosystem services mapping
Palomo I, Willemen L, Drakou E, Burkhard B, Crossman N, Bellamy C, Burkhard K, Campagne CS, Dangol A, Franke J, Kulczyk S, Le Clec'h S, Malak DA, Muñoz L, Narusevicius…
Factsheet: Climate change and ecosystem services
Climate change will have wide-ranging effects on ecosystem services
Peer reviewed journal articles
Sing L., Metzger M.J. and Ray D. (2019) Do public attitudes towards forestry align with government policy objectives? Insights from a case study in north west Scotland. Scottish Forestry 73, 43-52.
Moseley, D., Connelly, T., Sing, L., & Watts, K. 2018 Developing an indicator for the physical health benefits of recreation in woodlands. Ecosystem Services 31 (part C): 420-432.
Sing, L., Metzger, M.J., Paterson, J.S. and Ray, D. (2018) A review of the effects of forest management intensity on ecosystem services for northern European temperate forest with a focus on the UK. Forestry 91,151-154 DOI: 10.1093/forestry/cpx042.
Palomo I, Willemen L, Drakou E, Burkhard B, Crossman N, Bellamy C, Burkhard K, Campagne C, Dangol A, Franke J, Kulczyk S, Le Clec'h S, Abdul Malak D, Muñoz L, Narusevicius V, Ottoy S, Roelens J, Sing L, Thomas A, Van Meerbeek K, Verweij P (2018) Practical solutions for bottlenecks in ecosystem services mapping. One Ecosystem 3: e20713. https://doi.org/10.3897/oneeco.3.e20713
Sarkki S, Jokinen M, Nijnik M, Zahvoyska L, Abraham EM, Alados CL, Bellamy C, Bratanova-Dontcheva S, Grunewald K, Kollar J, Krajčí J, Kyriazopoulos AP, La Porta N, Monteiro AT, Munoz-Rojas J, Parpan T, Sing L, Smith M, Sutinen ML, Tolvanen A, Zhyla T (2017) Social equity in governance of ecosystem services: synthesis from European treeline areas. Climate Research.
Bouriaud, L., Marzano, M., Lexer, M. et al. (2015) Institutional factors and opportunities for adapting European forest management to climate change. Reg Environ Change 15: 1595. doi:10.1007/s10113-015-0852-8
Thomas, H., Paterson, J., Metzger, M. and Sing, L. (2015) Towards a research agenda for woodland expansion in Scotland. Forest Ecology and Management 349, 149-161
Sing, L., Towers, W. and Ellis, J. (2013) Woodland expansion in Scotland: an assessment of the opportunities and constraints using GIS. Scottish Forestry 67(4), 18-25.
FC and FR publications including official statistics
Sing, L., Ray, D. and Watts, K. (2015) Ecosystem services and forest management. Forestry Commission Research Note 20. Forestry Commission, Edinburgh.
Contract and project reports
Sing, L. and Aitkenhead, M., (2020) Analysis of Land Suitability for Woodland Expansion in Scotland: update 2020. ClimateXChange, Edinburgh. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7488/era/494 .
Dunn, M., Sing, L., Clarke, T. & Moseley D. (2020). Attitudes Towards Landscape Benefits and Woodland Creation in Southern Scotland. Survey Findings Summary Report. Report for Scottish Forestry.
Dunn, M., Moseley, D. & Sing, L. (2019) Exploring Opportunities for New Woodlands at the Landscape Level: Towards a formal method for South Scotland and beyond. Report for Forestry Commission Scotland.
Gulsrud, N.M., Nielsen, A.B., Bastrup-Birk, A., Olafsson, A.S., Lier, M., Fischer, C., Zalkauskas, R., Hedblom, M., Sievanen, T., Nordh, H., Dahlgren, J., Kulbokas, G., Davies, C., Polley, H., Brändli, U-B., Kriher, F., Johannsen, V.K., Nord-Larsen, T., Haakana, H., Ihalainen, A., Korhonen, K., Straigte, L., Tomter, S., Sing, L., Edwards, D., Ross, D., 2018. Urban Forests in a European Perspective: what can National Forest Inventory tell us? Workshop for Practitioners and Researchers held on March 15, Brussels – Summary of workshop results. Department of Geosciences and Natural Resource Management, University of Copenhagen, Frederiksberg.
Ray, D., Sing, L. and Nicoll, B. (2016) LWEC Agriculture & Forestry Report Card Paper 9: Forest Ecosystem Services and Climate Change.
Towers, W., Sing, L., Ray, D. and Crow, P. (2011). Woodland Expansion GIS project: Final report (PDF–3.78MB). James Hutton Institute and Forest Research report to Forestry Commission Scotland Woodland Expansion Advisory Group.