Case Studies

Modelling Urban Sprawl Using Remotely Sensed Data: A Case Study of Chennai City, Tamilnadu

11th April 2017
Published under: Case Studies,Data Tools & Methodologies

This paper was originally published on Entropy. “Abstract: Urban sprawl (US), propelled by rapid population growth leads to the shrinkage of productive agricultural lands and pristine forests in the suburban areas and, in turn, adversely affects the provision of ecosystem services. The quantification of US is thus crucial for effective urban planning and environmental management. Like… [more]

Valuation of Fish Production Services in River Basins: A Case Study of the Columbia River

5th April 2017
Published under: Case Studies,Data Tools & Methodologies

This paper was originally published on Elsevier.  Highlights A bio-economic model for valuing fish production services in large river systems. Model is applied to salmon production in the Columbia River, USA. Multiple ecosystem services are assessed. Prioritizing salmon conservation improves benefits by over $8 million/yr. Recreational fishing is the most economically valuable ecosystem service assessed. Gains… [more]

Economic Value of the Pest Control Service Provided by Brazilian Free-Tailed Bats in South-Central Texas

31st March 2017
Published under: Case Studies,Data Tools & Methodologies

This paper is a product of Frontiers in Ecology and Environment Journal.  “Abstract: Brazilian free-tailed bats (Tadarida brasiliensis) form enormous summer breeding colonies, mostly in caves and under bridges, in south-central Texas and northern Mexico. Their prey includes several species of adult insects whose larvae are known to be important agricultural pests, including the corn… [more]

Brazilian Water Company Demonstrates Return on Investment for Natural Solutions

28th March 2017
Published under: Case Studies,Enabling Environment

This article was originally published on International Water Association. “Balneário Camboriú is both a famous Brazilian beach destination and a water supply management puzzle. The population of the city is just 170,000 year-round but swells to over 800,000 during the summer high season. Like many water utilities facing growing demand and an uncertain climate, the… [more]

Putting a Value on the Ecosystem Services Provided by Forests in Canada: Case Studies on Natural Capital and Conservation

23rd March 2017
Published under: Case Studies

This report was originally published on Nature Conservancy Canada.  Introduction Effective conservation protects and restores nature for species, including people. Conserving natural ecosystems such as forests, wetlands and grasslands helps to protect important species and habitats and maintain essential ecological processes. Conservation also provides a benchmark to monitor future environmental change. There has been increasing… [more]

Research Shows Bats Are a Natural Pest Control

22nd March 2017
Published under: Case Studies

This article was originally published on Zoutpansberger. “A collaborative research project between Green Farms Nut Company (GFNC), South Africa’s largest privately owned processor and marketer of macadamia nuts, four of their suppliers, the macadamia industry body SAMAC, and the University of Venda (Univen) is proving the commercial value to the industry of using bats and birds to… [more]