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21-23 MARCH 2017

Final OpenNESS Annual Meeting in Smolenice, Slovakia

OpenNESS-based paper receives SAGES prize

SAGES (Scottish Alliance for Geoscience, Environment and Society) launched an open post-graduate research competition for the best published peer-reviewed paper in 2015. The submitted papers were judged jointly by Prof Bill Austin (University of St Andrews, Scotland) and Dr. John A. Howe (Scottish Association for Marine Science), which were both 'struck by the superb standard and very impact of all the papers'. The paper published by the PhD student Julen Gonzalez-Redin (James Hutton Institute) et al., based on the OpenNESS case study 5 data in the French case in the Alps to model ecosystem services trade-offs using spatial BBNs (Bayesian Belief Networks), was one of the winners and received the prize under the Theme 4: 'Transformations in Society and Environmental Policy'. The judges considered this collaboration between IRSTEA, James Hutton Institute, University of St Andrews, and Center for Ecological Research (CEH) as 'A novel, integrated approach to evaluate trade-offs between forest production and conservation measures with a nice focus on preserving biodiversity in forested habitats.'

Full paper reference:

Gonzalez-Redin J, S Luque, L Poggio, R Smith, A Gimona (2016) Spatial Bayesian belief networks as a planning decision tool for mapping ecosystem services trade-offs on forested landscapes.   Environmental Research   Volume 144, Part B, Pages 15–26 Special Issue:  The Provision of Ecosystem Services in Response to Global Change  doi:10.1016/j.envres.2015.11.009