Peter Roebeling's research while affiliated with Wageningen University & Research and other places

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Uncertainties about the future extent of sea-level rise (SLR) and socioeconomic development will determine the future of coastal ecosystem services and values. This study analyzes the joint impact of flooding and socioeconomic development on the future ecosystem services and values in the Atlantic coastal zone by 2100. To this end, flood probabilit...
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The mapping and assessment of ecosystem services supplied by Atlantic coastal zone biomes provide a highly valuable source of information for understanding their current and potential benefits to society. The main objective of this research is to map and assess the values provided by Provisioning, Regulating & maintenance and Cultural ecosystem ser...
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The world is facing numerous environmental challenges due to global change. These come in the form of air and water pollution, heat islands, floods, sprawl and gentrification issues, which stand as threats to citizen health, predominantly in urbanized areas, where most of the population is concentrated. It is now more than ever necessary to provide...
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Over the last decade, the potential of nature-based solutions (NBS) has been recognized to support climate change adaptation, by promoting sustainable urban planning. Nevertheless, a wider uptake of such solutions in urban areas faces different challenges and barriers. A comprehensive mapping of available NBS impact assessment methods could help to...
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European countries recently prepared recovery and resilience plans (RRPs) to recover from the pandemic crisis and reach climate neutrality. Nature-Based Solutions (NBS) are recognized as crucial drivers to fostering climate transition while addressing other challenges. Accordingly, RRPs offer the opportunity to promote the adoption of NBS. This art...
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Global climate change and growing urbanization pose a threat to both natural and urban ecosystems. In these, one of the most impacted elements is water, which is responsible for a large variety of ecosystem services and benefits to society. Mathematical models can be used to simulate the implementation of Nature-Based Solutions (NBSs), thus helping...
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There is a general trend of increasing urban population in cities worldwide in the coming decades, leading to an intensification of urban environmental impacts as well as the probability of cities becoming vulnerable to climate change impacts. In this sense, it is essential to increase their resilience, to better cope with climate change effects. A...
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There is a general trend of increasing urban population in cities worldwide in the coming decades, leading to an intensification of urban environmental impacts as well as the probability of cities becoming vulnerable to climate change impacts. In this sense, it is essential to increase their resilience, to better cope with climate change effects. A...
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p>Urban challenges, such as climate change, economic development and land conversion, are increasing and attracting more attention, consequently widening the complexity of urban planning and decisionmaking processes. Nature-based solutions (NBS) are considered to contribute to resolving these emerging urban problems. While models are available to a...
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p>High-risk industrial pollution is one of the most harmful events threatening natural ecosystems. Water pollution abatement strategies (WPAS) - ranging from mitigation to adaptation strategies - are key to deal with these threats. While WPAS have to be adequately valued and assessed, environmental-economic (EE) reasoning - resorting mainly to thre...
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High-risk industrial pollution is one of the most harmful events threatening natural ecosystems. Water pollution abatement strategies (WPAS)-ranging from mitigation to adaptation strategies-are key to deal with these threats. While WPAS have to be adequately valued and assessed, environmental-economic (EE) reasoning-resorting mainly to three analyt...
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p>Air pollution is a major global concern in urban areas and it is considered the greatest environmental risk to health. Nature-based solutions (NBS) can help improve air quality and reduce the urban heat island effect. The impacts of urban vegetation on air quality and ambient temperature depend on many factors, such as vegetation type, location,...
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Urban landscapes are under great pressure and particularly vulnerable, due to climate change, population growth and economic development. Despite the growing understanding that Nature-Based Solutions (NBS) represent efficient solutions to facilitate adaptation to climate change and increase cities’ resilience, their wide-scale adoption is still lim...
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The Meta-analysis has increasingly been used to synthesize the ecosystem services literature, with some testing of the use of such analyses to transfer benefits. These are typically based on local primary studies. However, meta-analyses associated with ecosystem services are a potentially powerful tool for transferring benefits, especially for envi...
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Urbanization leads to changes in the surface cover that alter the hydrological cycle of cities, particularly by increasing the impervious area and, thereby, reducing the interception, storage and infiltration capacity of rainwater. Nature-based solutions (NBS) can contribute to flood risk mitigation in urbanized areas by restoring hydrological func...
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Nature-based solutions (NBS) can provide answers to the challenges that urban areas are currently facing, associated with urban densification and climate change. The benefits of NBS are recognized, and include improved quality of life, human health and air quality, amongst others. This study aims to assess how NBS can contribute to temperature atte...
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Developing urban and peri-urban ecosystem services with nature-based solutions (NBS) and participatory approaches can help achieve more resilient and sustainable environments for cities and urban areas in the face of climate change. The co-creation process is increasingly recognised as the way forward to deal with environmental issues in cities, al...
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Aveiro lagoon is a wetland that represents a valuable ecosystem; it has a status of Special Protection Area and Site of Community Importance, under the Nature 2000 network. Inside Aveiro lagoon there is a salt production site known as Salgado de Aveiro, which represents an important cultural value for the region. However, the decline of artisanal s...
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Most cities are growing and becoming more densely populated, resulting in land use changes, which promotes an increase in urban heating. Nature-based solutions (NBS) are considered sustainable, cost-effective and multi-purpose solutions for these problems. While various studies assess the effects of NBS on urban heat or urban sprawl/compaction, no...
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Over the past centuries, cities have undergone major transformations that led to global urbanization. One of the phenomena emerging from urbanization is urban sprawl, defined as the uncontrolled spread of cities into undeveloped areas. The decrease in housing prices and commuting costs as well as the failure to internalize the real costs associated...
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Future investments required for the construction and maintenance of coastal defense interventions are expected to increase, due to increasing coastal erosion issues along social, environmental and economically valuable coastal areas. The high costs related with coastal defense interventions require improved knowledge on their performance, consideri...
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The aim of this paper is to assess the economy-wide impacts of the concurrent effects of climate change-driven impacts on water availability and the sectoral and regional competition for scarcer water resources. The paper focus on the mutual dependence of the energy sector on water resources and all other sectors demand on energy inputs and water....
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Estuaries are one of the most productive and complex types of ecosystems supporting a wide range of economic activities. Departing from a set of governance problems and emergent goals, such as sustainability or climate change adaptation faced by an estuarine case study area, Ria de Aveiro, in Portugal, this article assesses the adequacy of alternat...
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There is growing recognition that coastal water quality is interdependent with agricultural management in coastal catchments. Economic-incentive-based instruments can be used to internalize the negative externalities from coastal water pollution. Bio-physical and socio-economic heterogeneity across farms is expected to be an important factor in exp...
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High-risk industrial pollution is one of the most harmful events threatening marine, coastal and estuarine socio-ecological systems (MCE-SES). Pollution abatement strategies, ranging from mitigation to adaptation, are meant to deal with this threat. Environmental economic (EE) approaches, including cost or benefit assessment (CA/BA), cost-effective...
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Coastal ecosystems are diverse, ecologically important and supply a wide range of services to humankind, namely provisioning, cultural, regulation and habitat services. Highly productive and valuable, they are of critical value to global and national economies. However, ecosystem services (ES) and their values are quite vulnerable to hazards like c...
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Coastal zones host between 15% and 40% of the world population, important residential, tourism and port infrastructures, and a wide variety of terrestrial, aquatic and coastal ecosystems. These built and natural capitals, corresponding services and associated values may be lost due to coastal erosion. Coastal erosion adaptation strategies are frequ...
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The main approach of this study was the analysis of air pollutant emissions, air quality concentrations and health effects (expressed by indicators) and their possible relationships using information for the years 2009 and 2015. In general, trends decreasing mortality rates associated with the causes under study are presented mainly in the Alentejo...
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A new methodology of climate change adaptation planning, integrating a strong dynamic and participatory component, was developed and tested in one of the most vulnerable coastal zones in Portugal (coastal stretch Barra-Areão, in the municipalities of Ílhavo and Vagos). The method, designated SWAP - Scenario Workshop & Adaptation Pathways, consists...
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Hydropower plays a major role in the Portuguese electrical mix. Given the projected impacts of climate change on the availability of water resources, effects on hydropower generation are widely recognized though scantily quantified in literature. Considering projected climate change impacts on water resources in Portugal, we use a partial equilibri...
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Several anthropogenic actions have been weakening sediment supplies to coastal areas, reducing the amount of sediments available on beaches and leading to a general and recurrent retreat of the shoreline position. As a consequence, different coastal defense interventions, oftentimes longitudinal revetments, have been established over the past decad...
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Air pollution is, increasingly, a concern to our society given the threats to human health and the environment. Concerted actions to improve air quality have been taken at different levels, such as through the development of Air Quality Plans (AQPs). However, air quality impacts associated with the implementation of abatement measures included in A...
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All over Europe, it is a known fact that cities are shrinking. One of the main causes is population decline, but the consequent reduction of urban area is neither immediate nor easy to foresee spatially. Questions arise such as where do cities start to ‘shrink’ first? What are the most fragile areas that face the risk of becoming derelict? What are...
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When ambient air quality standards established in the EU Directive 2008/50/EC are exceeded, Member States are obliged to develop and implement Air Quality Plans (AQP) to improve air quality and health. Notwithstanding the achievements in emission reductions and air quality improvement, additional efforts need to be undertaken to improve air quality...
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Urban green/blue spaces are put under pressure as urban areas grow, develop and evolve. It is increasingly recognized, however, that green/blue spaces provide important ecosystem services, stimulate higher real estate prices and prevent flooding problems. This paper aims to assess and compare the socio-economic impacts of potential green/blue space...
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Freshwater wetlands provide crucial ecosystem services, though are subject to anthropogenic/natural stressors that provoke negative impacts on these ecosystems, services and values. The European Union Water Framework Directive aims to achieve good status of surface waters by 2015, through implementation of Catchment Management Plans. Implementation...
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No âmbito do projeto de investigação Europeu BASE – Bottom Up Adaptation Strategies towards a sustainable Europe, foi aplicada ao troço costeiro Barra-Areão, nos municípios de Ílhavo e Vagos, uma nova metodologia de planeamento dinâmico e participado da adaptação costeira às alterações climáticas. O método consiste em juntar as partes interessadas,...
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Marine ecosystems are affected by water pollution originating from coastal catchments. The delivery of water pollutants can be reduced through water pollution abatement as well as water pollution treatment. Hence, sustainable economic development of coastal regions requires balancing of the marginal costs from water pollution abatement and/or treat...
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The extensive use of fertilizers has become one of the most challenging environmental issues in agricultural catchment areas. In order to reduce the negative impacts from agricultural activities and to accomplish the objectives of the European Water Framework Directive we must consider the implementation of sustainable agricultural practices. In th...
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Ecosystem services research needs to become more transdisciplinary.•ecoSERVICES will advance co-designed, transdisciplinary ecosystem service research. Ecosystem services have become a mainstream concept for the expression of values assigned by people to various functions of ecosystems. Even though the introduction of the concept has initiated a va...
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Air pollution is a worldwide problem with broadly known harmful effects on health and environment. A great research challenge lies in quantifying the intensity of these adverse effects as well as the associated external costs. To this end, several methodologies involving exposure-response relationships and economic evaluation of externalities have...
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The intensification of the human activity in urban areas as a result of the increasing population has contributed to the air pollution worsening in cities. To reverse this trend, the European Commission established a legal framework to improve the air quality. Thereby the Member States need to develop air quality plans (AQP) for zones and agglomera...
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35 Ecosystem services have become a mainstream concept for the expression of values assigned by people to various functions of ecosystems. Even though the introduction of the concept has initiated a vast amount of research, progress in using this knowledge for sustainable resource use remains insufficient. We see a need to broaden the scope of rese...
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Quantifying the impact of air pollution on the public's health has become an increasingly critical component in policy discussion. Recent data indicate that more than 70% of the world population lives in cities. Several studies reported that current levels of air pollutants in urban areas are associated with adverse health risks, namely, cardiovasc...
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Air pollution is seen as one of the most pressing problems in many urban areas with serious implications on the environment and human health. Focusing on this critical issue, the 2008 European Air Quality Directive (2008/50/EC) requires European Member States to design appropriate Air Quality Plans (AQP) for zones and agglomerations where the air q...
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The paper discusses the relevance of a stronger articulation between land use and water resources systems to enhance the success of the Water Framework Directive. Using article 11 of the WFD, this paper assess (i) how the Spatial Planning and Urban Development Law as well as the Portuguese Water Law converge to promote better integration of water r...
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The 2008 European Air Quality Directive requires Member States to design appropriate air quality plans for zones and agglomerations where the air quality does not comply with the established limit-values. Integrated assessment models (IAM) can support decision-makers in the process of selecting the most cost-effective measures to improve air qualit...
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Coastal zones experience increased rates of coastal erosion, due to rising sea levels, increased storm surge frequencies, reduced sediment delivery and anthropogenic transformations. Yet, coastal zones host ecosystems that provide associated services which, therefore, may be lost due to coastal erosion. In this paper we assess to what extent past a...
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O projeto de investigação ForeStake (PTDC/AGR-CFL/099970/2008) surgiu como uma oportunidade para melhorar o conhecimento acerca das visões institucionais, técnicas e sociais sobre a floresta e a política florestal em Portugal, e propondo a integração deste conhecimento na definição de políticas futuras. O projeto, desenvolvido entre 2010 e 2013, fo...
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Land use planning is essential to maintain and restore water resources, estuaries and associated ecosystem services, as well as, to prevent and adapt to risks in the face of global change. Land use planning can be used to minimize human pressures and associated impacts on water resources and ecosystems as it can significantly affect the impact of h...
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In trans-boundary catchments, national welfare maximizing rates of water quality improvement differ across nations as benefits and/or costs from water quality improvement accrue to multiple nations. Hence we need to differentiate between intra- and trans-boundary catchments because benefactors and beneficiaries from water quality improvement are no...
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This chapter discusses three methodologies to analyse land use with respect to income generation and sustainability in the Atlantic Zone of Costa Rica: the explorative SOLUS methodology,the predictive UNA-DLV methodology,and a normative optimal control approach. Each methodology may be classified as bioeconomic; the first two are single period opti...
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While it is recognized that marine ecosystems are of vital importance from an ecological as well as an economic perspective, these marine ecosystems are affected by water pollution originating from coastal catchments. The delivery of water pollutants to the marine environment can be reduced through water pollution treatment and, consequently, to wa...
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Coastal zones experience increased rates of erosion due to natural and anthropogenic causes. Although impacts from erosion are confined to coastal zones, these areas host over 40% of world population and a variety of ecosystems. Hence, these ecosystems and associated values may be lost due to coastal erosion. Establishment of coastal protection int...
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This presentation will describe the recently-approved ERLAND project (2010-2013), whose main aim is to estimate the impacts of climate change on soil erosion in representative Portuguese agroforestry watersheds, due to changes in rainfall, runoff generation and vegetation cover. Soil erosion is a critical driver for desertification in Mediterranean...