Journal Highlights

Lake and wetland ecosystem services measuring water storage and local climate regulation

Editors’ Highlight—

This paper deals with a relatively new and hot topic: green infrastructure. Many cities and communities are implementing green infrastructure projects despite there being little sound science backing up how these projects should be implemented, monitored, and measured. Based on the idea that the increase of freshwater ecosystems across high urbanized areas can help regulating water storage and local climate, the authors examine the impact of the artificial reservoirs built along the Yongding Corridor in Beijing on local water storage and human comfort. Overall it presents an example of the development of interdisciplinary methods to measure ecosystem services. Without such studies, it is likely that poor results from improper implementation could sour future green infrastructure projects, which at least conceptually, offer an exciting, sustainable approach to water problems.