Sustainable coastal land management: Trade-offs in ecosystem services

Research question
What are the trade-offs in ecosystem services
in multifunctional coastal landscapes?


Sea level rise, higher storm surge frequency,
freshwater floods, summer droughts

Groundwater level and salinity, soil nutrients, plants and birds with their functions, greenhouse gases
Production systemsAgriculture (dairy farming and cereals), Tourism

1) Farming as usual,
2) water storage, adapted land-use,
3) peat production
RegionNorth European Coastline
Study sites2 main sites (Germany North Sea, Germany Baltic Sea) and 2 additional sites (Netherlands, Denmark)
Area76 km²
DurationJanuary 2011 to December 2015
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