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The Effects of Climate Change on the Value of Groundwater Dependent Ecosystems: The Rokua Esker, Northern Finland

Phoebe Koundouri (), Marva Stithou (), Eva Kougea, Pertti Ala-Aho, Riku Eskelinen, Timo Karjalainen, Bjorn Klove (), Manuel Pulido-Velazquez, Kalle Reinikainen and Pekka Rossi
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Marva Stithou: University of Stirling, UK
Eva Kougea: Athens University of Economics and Business
Pertti Ala-Aho: University of Oulu, Department of Process and Environmental Engineering, Water Resources and Environmental Engineering Laboratory, P.O.Box 4300, 90014
Riku Eskelinen: University of Oulu, Department of Process and Environmental Engineering, Water Resources and Environmental Engineering Laboratory, P.O.Box 4300, 90014
Timo Karjalainen: Thule Institute, University of Oulu, P.O. Box 7300, 90014 University of Oulu, Finland
Bjorn Klove: University of Oulu, Finland
Manuel Pulido-Velazquez: Research Institute of Water and Environmental Engineering (IIAMA), Universitat Polit.cnica de Valencia, Camino de Vera s/n, 46022 Valencia, Spain
Kalle Reinikainen: Poyry Finland Oy, Tutkijantie 2 A-D, 90590 Oulu, Finland
Pekka Rossi: University of Oulu, Department of Process and Environmental Engineering, Water Resources and Environmental Engineering Laboratory, P.O.Box 4300, 90014

No 1213, DEOS Working Papers from Athens University of Economics and Business

Abstract: Rokua in Northern Finland is a groundwater dependent ecosystem very sensitive to climate change and natural variability. As such, the water level of most of the lakes is a function of the level of the groundwater table of the esker which is naturally recharged. This chapter presents results from an application of a choice experiment and contingent valuation method regarding ground water quantity. General public�s elicited values highlight the importance of water management policy which contributes to the sustainability of groundwater dependent ecosystems.

Keywords: Choice experiment; Contingent valuation; Climate change; Water quantity; Groundwater dependent ecosystems. (search for similar items in EconPapers)
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Forthcoming in Handbook on Economics of Biodiversity and Ecosystems Services, edited by P. A. Nunes, P. Kumar and T. Dedeurwaerdere, Edward Elgar Publishing Ltd, Cheltenham, UK. Forthcoming, 2012.

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