Marine Ecosystem Services Library

Presentation on Marine Ecosystem Services Library by Linwood Pendleton of Duke University (September 15, 2011). The Marine Ecosystem Services Partnership (MESP) is a spatial portal and community of practice to help policy makers find data on marine ecosystem services and researchers who conduct these studies. The MESP launched its website in May 2011. The website offers a dynamic mapping tool that spatially represents the MESP library of over 2,000 values of economic valuation data. The mapping tool allows users to burrow down through different types of data through spatial and thematic searches. The MESP library is not intended to replace other valuation databases. Rather, the Partnership strives to be a community of practice through which data users and managers can work collectively to better integrate ecosystem services data with marine policy needs. The effort is directed by Duke University’s Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions, in collaboration with The Ocean Foundation and Duke’s Marine Geospatial Ecology Laboratory. Learn more at

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