Case Studies

Spatial Multi-Scale Relationships of Ecosystem Services: A Case Study Using a Geostatistical Methodology

30th August 2017
Published under: Case Studies,Data Tools & Methodologies

This paper was originally published in: NatureResearch Scientific Reports. “Abstract: Adequately understanding the spatial multi-scale relationships of ecosystem services (ES) is an important step for environmental management decision-making. Here, we used spatially explicit methods to estimate five critical ES (nitrogen and phosphorous purifications, crop production, water supply and soil retention) related to non-point source (NPS) pollution… [more]

Natural Capital Accounting in Marine Protected Areas: The Case of the Islands of Ventotene and S. Stefano (Central Italy)

23rd August 2017
Published under: Case Studies,Data Tools & Methodologies

This paper was originally published in Ecological Modeling.  Highlights:  A biophysical and trophodynamic model based on emergy accounting was applied. The interactions between different benthic habitat was explored. The ecological value of natural capital stocks was calculated. A GIS tool was used to show the spatial distribution of natural capital in the MPA. The applied… [more]

Orange is the New Green: How Orange Peels Revived a Costa Rican Forest

23rd August 2017
Published under: Case Studies

This article was originally published on EurekAlert! “In the mid-1990s, 1,000 truckloads of orange peels and orange pulp were purposefully unloaded onto a barren pasture in a Costa Rican national park. Today, that area is covered in lush, vine-laden forest. A team led by Princeton University researchers surveyed the land 16 years after the orange peels… [more]

Integrating Natural Capital Assessment & Marine Spatial Planning: A Case Study in the Mediterranean Sea

6th August 2017
Published under: Case Studies,Data Tools & Methodologies

This paper was originally published on ScienceDirect.  Highlights Natural capital value was assessed in the Egadi islands MPA through emergy accounting. The value of both autotrophic and heterotrophic natural capital stocks was calculated. Marxan software was used to identify key areas for natural capital conservation. Environmental accounting outcomes were integrated with spatial data on human… [more]

Study finds Nachusa Grasslands Restoration Produces Unintended Benefits

21st July 2017
Published under: Case Studies,Why Natural Capital?

This article was originally published on Phys.org.  “Summer is abloom at Nachusa Grasslands, where the warmth of July is igniting an explosion of color. Purple coneflowers point to the sky. Big bluestem grass sways in the breeze. Monarch butterflies flutter among delicate pink milkweed flowers. Though invisible to the naked eye, something equally amazing is… [more]

Cash for Carbon: A Randomized Trial of Payments for Ecosystem Services to Reduce Deforestation in Uganda

21st July 2017
Published under: Case Studies,Data Tools & Methodologies

This paper was originally published on Science Magazine.  “Trees take up a lot of CO2, so one approach to reducing the rate of increase in atmospheric CO2 levels is to reduce the cutting down of trees. Jayachandran et al. evaluated a program in which forest owners in Uganda were paid to not cut down their trees. Encouragingly, payments… [more]