Climate Change Research ›› 2016, Vol. 12 ›› Issue (1): 45-52.doi: 10.12006/j.issn.1673-1719.2015.146

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A Preliminary Study on Cryosphere Service Function and Its Value Estimation

Xiao Cunde, Wang Shijin, Qin Dahe   

  1. State Key Laboratory of Cryospheric Sciences, Cold and Arid Regions Environmental and Engineering Research Institute, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Lanzhou 730000, China
  • Received:2015-08-12 Revised:2015-11-19 Online:2016-01-30 Published:2016-01-30
  • Contact: Cunde Xiao


The development of cryosphere science shows a tendency of the combination of its natural and socioeconomic aspects, highlighting its service values. With the deepening of transition of cryosphere science from nature science towards stronger linkages with socioeconomic and cultural sciences nowadays, cross-disciplinary research of cryosphere is emerging, which meets the increasing demand of applied study of cryosphere in the future. By illuminating cryosphere service function (CSF), this study identified various forms of CSF and proposed a value evaluation system. Cryosphere services valuation can benefit decision-makers, and contribute to the increased public awareness of environmental protection. It has profound and practical significance and implications for implementing the sustainable utilization strategies of CSFs and macroeconomic policymaking for global environmental protection, and for avoiding scarifying environment while pursuing short-term economic profits in the process of achieving rapid economic development.

Key words: cryosphere, service function, value estimation, evaluation framework

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