Data Tools & Methodologies

Worldwide Land Degradation and Restoration Assessment Report: An IPBES Primer

22nd September 2017
Published under: Data Tools & Methodologies,Enabling Environment

This primer was developed by IPBES.  Highlights: World’s 1st comprehensive evidence-based assessment report on land degradation will be launched in March 2018  Best-available evidence for decision makers to make informed decisions to halt & reverse land degradation  Prepared by more than 100 leading international experts from 45 countries over 3 years  Draws on more than… [more]

Measuring the Role of Seagrasses in Regulating Sediment Surface Elevation

21st September 2017
Published under: Data Tools & Methodologies

This article was originally published in Scientific Report.  “Abstract: Seagrass meadows provide numerous ecosystem services and their rapid global loss may reduce human welfare as well as ecological integrity. In common with the other ‘blue carbon’ habitats (mangroves and tidal marshes) seagrasses are thought to provide coastal defence and encourage sediment stabilisation and surface elevation. A… [more]

Microbial Mass Movements Could Change Ecosystem Services in Unpredictable Ways

19th September 2017
Published under: Data Tools & Methodologies,Why Natural Capital?

This paper was originally published in Science.  “For several billion years, microorganisms and the genes they carry have mainly been moved by physical forces such as air and water currents. These forces generated biogeographic patterns for microorganisms that are similar to those of animals and plants. In the past 100 years, humans have changed these… [more]

Characterizing Coastal Ecosystem Service Trade-offs with Future Urban Development in a Tropical City

15th September 2017
Published under: Data Tools & Methodologies

This paper was originally published in: Environmental Management.  “With rapid urbanization in the coastal zone and increasing habitat losses, it is imperative to understand how urban development affects coastal biodiversity and ecosystem service provision. Furthermore, it is important to understand how habitat fragments can best be incorporated into broader land use planning and coastal management,… [more]

Interaction Effects Between Local Flower Richness & Distance to Natural Woodland on Pest & Beneficial Insects in Apple Orchards

13th September 2017
Published under: Data Tools & Methodologies

This paper was originally published in Agricultural and Forest Entomology.  “Abstract: Local and landscape factors interact to influence animal populations and, ultimately, crop yields in agroecosystems. Yet few studies have considered interactions and trade-offs between these factors within a single agroecosystem. We sampled insect communities (fruit-damaging pests and Diptera and Hymenoptera pollinator and natural enemy… [more]

Landscape Greening & Local Creation of Wildflower Strips & Hedgerows Promote Multiple Ecosystem Services

13th September 2017
Published under: Data Tools & Methodologies,Why Natural Capital?

This paper was originally published in Journal of Applied Ecology.  “Abstract: The explicit and implicit aims of creating ecological focus areas (EFAs) and implementing greening measures in European agro-ecosystems include the promotion of regulatory ecosystem services (ES) to sustain crop production in conventional cropping systems. However, the extent to which these goals are achieved with… [more]