Data Tools & Methodologies

UK Natural Capital: Developing UK Mountain, Moorland & Heathland Ecosystem Accounts

21st July 2017
Published under: Data Tools & Methodologies,Enabling Environment

This article was originally published on Office for National Statistics.  “This article scopes the development of ecosystem accounts for mountains, moorlands and heathlands and discusses several methodological challenges arising from the unique characteristics of these habitats. To help the development of initial accounts, recommendations are given where possible. Introduction: This work is part of the… [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]

Unsustainable Development Pathways Caused by Tropical Deforestation

20th July 2017
Published under: Data Tools & Methodologies,Enabling Environment

  This article was originally published on Science Advances. “Abstract: Global sustainability strategies require assessing whether countries’ development trajectories are sustainable over time. However, sustainability assessments are limited because losses of natural capital and its ecosystem services through deforestation have not been comprehensively incorporated into national accounts. We update the national accounts of 80 nations… [more]

Scientists Link Fluctuations in Sea Temperature To Persistent Droughts in North America & the Mediterranean

19th July 2017
Published under: Data Tools & Methodologies

This article was originally published on Phys.Org. “Fluctuations in sea surface temperature are a factor in causing persistent droughts in North America and around the Mediterranean, new research suggests. A team from the universities of Exeter, Montpellier and Wageningen analysed data from 1957-2002 and found sea surface temperatures in the North Pacific and North Atlantic… [more]

Changes in Land Use & Ecosystem Services in Tropical Forest Areas: A Case Study in Andes Mountains of Ecuador

19th July 2017
Published under: Data Tools & Methodologies

This paper was originally published on Taylor & Francis.  “Abstract: Tropical Andes are subjected to severe land use/land cover (LULC) changes that significantly alter the capacity of the landscape to provide ecological functions for supporting human well-being. The aim of the study is (a) to investigate the LULC changes in the Ecological Corridor Llaganantes-Sangay (Corredor Ecológico… [more]

New Study Provides ‘First Observational Evidence’ that the Amazon Creates its Own Rainfall

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

This article was originally published by Phys.Org.  “A new study gives the first observational evidence that the southern Amazon rainforest triggers its own rainy season using water vapor from plant leaves. The finding helps explain why deforestation in this region is linked with reduced rainfall. The study analyzed water vapor data from NASA’s Tropospheric Emission Spectrometer (TES)… [more]