The tool evolved from the SCCAN Tool (for Natural Resources Wales) and other projects including the Scottish Borders Regional Land Use Pilot. The maps show the location of existing ES, opportunities to enhance ES, trade-offs between ES and opportunities for management to provide multiple ES benefits (bundles). Uses include:
• Supporting natural capital valuation
• Urban planning and development control
• Biodiversity planning
• Land use restoration for climate change and flood mitigation
• Natural resource management
• Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA)
• Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA)
• To direct green infrastructure and strategic land use policy
• To encourage stakeholder engagement
• Environmental monitoring
Original geographic scope:
SENCE was originally developed to target Wales, both nationally and at county level. It has been developed since to be applied nationally, regionally and locally elsewhere in the UK, and in other countries.
Terrestrial, freshwater or marine focus?:
Specific ecosystem services modelled:
- Natural flood management
- Erosion risk management
- Water quality (sediment)
- Climate regulation – soil carbon
- Climate regulation – vegetated carbon
- Climate regulation – marine carbon
- Terrestrial biodiversity
- Marine biodiversity
- Timber resource
- Recreation, historic, landscape and open spaces
- Fisheries resource
- Terrestrial Food provision – Crops
- Terrestrial Food provision – Livestock
- Marine area that provide food
The consultants also provide multi-benefit and trade-off or interaction maps for any combination of the listed services.
- Habitat Asset Register
- Resilient ecological networks
- Ecosystem services risk assessment
- Mitigation & compensation opportunities
Estimated working days to complete a project:
Basic models can take a number of days; whilst large geographic areas with multiple data sets can take weeks. Delivery of data from suppliers can also be variable. Per ecosystem service output, processing time is 1-2 weeks following data collation.
Proprietary - version not specified.
As the scientific knowledge develops the rule bases and tools are continually enhanced to match this. A review is made every six months.
Technical support provided?:
Details of data requirements and technical support are provided as required. Training is also provided as required by the customer.
Developer (organisation type):
Dr Katie Medcalf, Dr Gemma Bell, Dr Jamie Williams, Nikki Turton, Natalie Small, Elsa-Kristin Naumann, Matthew Yandell-Thomas, Sebastian Clarke, Neil Parker. Associates: Prof Roy Haines-Young, Dr Marion Potschin, Prof. Chris Spray.
Number of case studies outside the uk:
Examples of case studies outside of uk:
Four ecosystem services were modelled and analysed including carbon sequestration potential, cultural resource significance, food provisioning and medicinal plant resource .
The National ecosystem and ecosystem service mapping pilot for a suite of prioritised services on behalf of the National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) used the SENCE tool to demonstrate how ecosystem service mapping can aid the assessment of the state and trends of ecosystem services in Ireland. The pilot project provided a major step towards establishing a framework for a National Ecosystem Assessment for Ireland. The project initiated conversation about implementing the Mapping and Assessment of Ecosystem services (MAES) as required under Action 5 of the EU biodiversity Strategy to 2020. The project made use of the Common International Classification for Ecosystem services (CICES) to identify ecosystem services pertinent to Ireland before using the SENCE tool to map the prioritised services. A story map viewer of the output maps can be found via - National Ecosystem and Ecosystem Services Mapping Pilot .