Economic Assessment of the Recreational Value of Ecosystems: Methodological Development and National and Local Application
Harwood, Amii R.
Lovett, Andrew A.
Environmental and Resource Economics
Springer Verlag (Germany)
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We present a novel methodology for spatially sensitive prediction of outdoor recreation visits and values for different ecosystems. Data on outset and destination characteristics and locations are combined with survey information from over 40,000 households to yield a trip generation function (TGF) predicting visit numbers. A new meta-analysis (MA) of relevant literature is used to predict site specific per-visit values. Combining the TGF and MA models permits spatially explicit estimation of visit numbers and values under present and potential future land use. Applications to the various land use scenarios of the UK National Ecosystem Assessment, as well as to a single site, are presented.
UK Department of Food and Rural Affairs (Defra)
February 2014, Vol. 57, Iss. 2, pp. 233 - 249