Using Meta-Analysis and GIS for Value Transfer and Scaling Up: Valuing Climate Change Induced Losses of European Wetlands

Luke M. Brander, Ingo Bräuer, Holger Gerdes, Andrea Ghermandi, Onno Kuik, Anil Markandya, Ståle Navrud, Paulo A.L.D. Nunes, Marije Schaafsma, Hans Vos, Alfred Wagtendonk

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There is growing policy and academic interest in transferring ecosystem service values from existing valuation studies to other ecosystem sites at a large geographic scale. Despite the evident policy demand for this combined transfer and "scaling up" of values, an approach to value transfer that addresses the challenges inherent in assessing ecosystem changes at a national or regional level is not available. This paper proposes a methodology for scaling up ecosystem service values to estimate the welfare effects of ecosystem change at this larger geographical scale. The methodology is illustrated by applying it to value the impact of climate change on European wetlands for the period 2000-2050. The proposed methodology makes use of meta-analysis to produce a value function. The parameters of the value function include spatial variables on wetland size and abundance, GDP per capita, and population. A geographic information system is used to construct a database of wetland sites in the case study region with information on these spatial variables. Site-specific ecosystem service values are subsequently estimated using the meta-analytic value function. The proposed method is shown to enable the adjustment of transferred values to reflect variation in important spatial variables and to account for changes in the stock of ecosystems.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)395-413
Number of pages19
JournalEnvironmental and Resource Economics
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jul 2012
Externally publishedYes

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Funding Information:
Acknowledgments This research has, in part, been funded by the European Environment Agency under contract 3603/B2008/EEA.53405 (2009). The authors are grateful to four anonymous reviewers for useful comments and suggestions on this paper.


  • GIS
  • Meta-analysis
  • Scaling up
  • Value transfer
  • Wetlands

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Economics and Econometrics
  • Management, Monitoring, Policy and Law


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