Welcome to the Universal Asset Service Matrix (uASM). The uASM is a new tool to support marine natural capital approaches in the UK.
Natural Capital aims to understand the value of nature and integrate it into the decisions we make within our economy and society. An Asset Service Matrix (ASM) describes and catalogues linkages between natural assets (habitats and species) and the ecosystem services that they provide.
ASMs serve a dual purpose in storing information about the linkages between Assets and Ecosystem Services (ES) as well as providing a visual summary of this information. There are several ASMs in the published literature, which use a variety of classification systems with different methodologies. While at their core all ASMs perform the same function, they are difficult to compare at present. Their differences hamper comparative work and larger-scale join-up in understanding ES delivery across assets.
The Joint Nature Conservation Committee (JNCC) has produced this standardised universal ASM (uASM) tool to make assets and their ecosystem services more accessible and available to a wider audience. This tool stores data from existing ASMs and the wider literature in a standardised format. The standardisation within the uASM allows users to export data into any commonly used habitat or ecosystem service classification and enables the creation of bespoke ASMs for specific contexts.
Users can contribute their own ASMs through the contribution section of the uASM web pages. The uASM currently contains over 4,000 documented Asset-ES linkages and continues to grow, demonstrating the wide range of ESs delivered by UK marine habitats. Importantly, the uASM is designed to be iterative, with further evidence added by users as it emerges. This will ensure that the uASM remains a relevant tool for marine natural capital approaches across the wider marine ecosystem science, management, policy, and conservation community.
If you have feedback about the uASM’s design or content, or suggestions for future feature developments, please contact the team at email@example.com. If you’d like to sign up to receive updates regarding the uASM or the Marine Natural Capital Programme, please sign up for our mailing list.
All uASM data has been standardised using these four key categories:
This score estimates the level of service provision by an asset. Scores are taken from the original literature and converted into high, medium, low, and negligible service scores. The level of service provision is a relative rank only with no numerical value.
We use a High-Medium-Low confidence score to allow users to make quick, informed decisions about the data available. This is achieved either by converting the confidence score from the original ‘parent’ ASM or by broadly assessing the literature source. High scores are given to primary, peer reviewed information and lowest scores to linkages based on personal communications or single expert judgements. Beyond this, users are responsible for making their own judgements about the quality of individual linkages.
The Common International Classification of Ecosystem Services (CICES) V5.1 (https://cices.eu) is used as the base classification. All of the ecosystem service classification systems added into the uASM are then linked to their equivalent CICES code to allow quick comparison of data between different ASMs.
Please cite the uASM as:
When referring to specific linkages please cite the original source.
We are continually updating the user experience. If you have any questions or would like to provide feedback on the uASM you can contact us at:
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