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Spatial Ecosystems Services Analysis, Modeling, & Evaluation
Welcome to the SESAME (Spatial Ecosystem Services Analysis, Modeling, and Evaluation) project website!

This multiyear, inter-disciplinary project will improve ecosystem service provisioning and valuation estimation methodologies by testing landscape-scale computational models with field data. The study area is comprised of the northwestern Willamette Valley, which continues to experience rapid land use change in the context of a shifting climate. Most previous ecosystem service studies addressed the effects of either land conversion or climate change, but not both, on individual ecosystem services. This research will consider the effects of both on numerous ecosystem services, and thus illuminate the unexplored subject of tradeoffs and complementarities among multiple ecosystem services shifts. Eventually, this will allow for improved spatial targeting for land conservation to sustain ecosystem services in a rapidly growing metropolitan fringe.