Skip to main content
Article thumbnail
Location of Repository

What are Ecosystem Services and Natural Capital, and how does this apply to Soil Science?

By D. Robinson, I. Lebron, B. Reynolds and N. Hockley


Ecosystem services and natural capital have become prominent terminology in the ecological and wider literature, and yet convey different meanings to different communities. No single consistent definition of ecosystem services has yet been adopted, but many follow the framework laid down in the 2005 Millennium Ecosystem Assessment that considers; supporting, provisioning, regulating and cultural services. In this article we review the concept of ecosystem goods and services in the context of green accounting. If the ecosystems approach is widely adopted it is important from the perspective of soil science that the contribution of soils to any green accounting system is fully realized

Year: 2010
OAI identifier:

Suggested articles


  1. (2010). A framework for classifying and 136 quantifying the natural capital and ecosystem services of soils.
  2. (1997). An Introduction to Ecological Economics. Boca Raton:
  3. (2007). Classification of ecosystem services: problems and solutions. doi
  4. (2009). Defining and classifying ecosystem services for decision making.
  5. (2006). Ecosystem services from agriculture: looking beyond the usual suspects. doi
  6. (1997). Ecosystem services supplied by soils. In:
  7. (2008). Ecosystem services: classification for valuation.
  8. (1977). How much are nature's services worth. Science 197, 960–964. Citation as: doi
  9. (2005). Millennium Ecosystem Assessment: Ecosystems and Human Well-being: Synthesis.
  10. (2009). On the definition of the natural capital of soils: a framework for description, evaluation and monitoring. Soil Sci. doi
  11. (2010). On the natural capital and ecosystem services of soils. doi
  12. (1999). Service typologies a state of the art survey. Production and operations management 8,
  13. (1997). Soil quality: A concept, definition and framework for evaluation.
  14. (1964). The case for redefining services.
  15. (1940). The Conditions of Economic
  16. (2004). The need for understanding how biodiversity and ecosystem functioning affect ecosystem services in soils and sediments. In:
  17. (2004). The soil management assessment framework: A quantitative soil quality evaluation method. Soil Sci.
  18. (1997). The value of the world's ecosystem services and natural capital.
  19. (1993). Tracking the evolution of the services marketing literature.
  20. (2007). What are ecosystem services? The need for standardized environmental accounting units.

To submit an update or takedown request for this paper, please submit an Update/Correction/Removal Request.