► Meta-analysis is used to summarize existing knowledge of the benefits of reducing eutrophication in Europe marine areas.
► Bayesian techniques are employed to address the challenges related to the small number of observations.
► Several models are compared with predictive performance checks and WTP predictions are done using Bayesian model averaging.
► The benefits of reducing eutrophication can be substantial, with the predicted WTP ranging from $6 to $235 per person.
► Future valuation studies should be directed to previously unstudied geographical areas and international collaboration.
a MTT Agrifood Research Finland, Latokartanonkaari 9, 00790 Helsinki, Finland
b Fisheries and Environmental Management Group, Department of Environmental Sciences, University of Helsinki, Finland
Volume 83; November, 2012; Pages 1–10
Keywords: Meta-analysis; Benefit transfer; Bayesian estimation; Eutrophication; Marine areas