Modelling ecosystem services in the Metropolitan Borough of Sheffield

Project description: 

A University of Sheffield project demonstrating how multiple ecosystem services can be quantified using easily accessible/publicly available data to produce maps of 6 key ecosystem services in a large urban area: the city of Sheffield. The aim was to understand the spatial pattern of ecosystem service provision in Sheffield. The modelling approach was assessed to see if it was possible to identify priority areas for creating hotspots of ecosystem service provision, and whether the unit at which services are mapped matters for decision-making. Detecting trade-offs and synergies associated with particular urban designs will enable more informed decisions for achieving urban sustainability. This work has been of broad interest particularly to The Sheffield Wildlife Trust, Sheffield City Council, The National Trust and the Sheffield Green Infrastructure Consortium.

Organisations involved: 

University of Sheffield, Natural Capital Solutions

Scale of project: 
Total area covered by project: 
368 (sq. km)
Special purposes of project: 
Map ecosystem services
What ecosystem service classification was used?: 

Services selected as high priority to decision makers in an urban context

Which ecosystem services were focused on?: 

  • Aesthetic/inspiration
  • Recreation/tourism
  • Carbon sequestration & storage
  • Climate regulation
  • Detoxification and purification in air, soils and water
  • Flood control
  • Hazard regulation
  • Pollution
Habitats mapped for ecosystem services: 
Freshwater, wetlands and floodplains
Baseline data: 
Habitat or land cover
Human census
Contact name: 
Dr. Alison Holt
Contact job title: 
Director of Natural Capital Solutions
Natural Capital Solutions
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