Data Tools & Methodologies

Greater London Authority Releases Natural Capital Account for London

24th November 2017
Published under: Data Tools & Methodologies,Enabling Environment

This report was prepared for the Greater London Authority, the National Trust and the Heritage Lottery Fund. Executive Summary “Context: Londoners live in one of the greenest cities of its size in the world. They have access to an extensive network of public parks and green spaces, though this access varies locally. A greater understanding… [more]

Citizen Science for Assessing Ecosystem Services: Status, Challenges & Opportunities

24th November 2017
Published under: Data Tools & Methodologies,Enabling Environment

This paper was originally published in  Ecosystem Services.  Highlights: We reviewed citizen science projects employing approaches for ecosystem service assessments. Citizen science is predominantly applied in assessing regulating and cultural services. Direct assessments of ecosystem services are still rare. Participation formats mostly comprise volunteered data collection. “Abstract: Citizen science approaches provide opportunities to support ecosystem service… [more]

Spatial Covariance of Ecosystem Services & Poverty in China

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

This paper was originally published in International Journal of Biodiversity Science, Ecosystem Services & Management.  “Abstract: Ecosystem services (ESs) are known to be particularly important to the rural poor globally and effective management of such services is argued to be a sustainable pathway out of poverty. However, there is as yet no clear evidence as to how… [more]

Experience or Evidence: How do Big Conservation NGOs Make Decisions?

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

This article was originally published on Mongabay.  Summary: Scientists have been urging conservation NGOs to make decisions based on scientific evidence. However, the big conservation NGOs run into many problems in trying to use the available science. Doing impact evaluations of their own projects is also hard and expensive, sources from the big conservation NGOs… [more]

The Importance of Biodiversity in Forests Could Increase Due to Climate Change

22nd November 2017
Published under: Data Tools & Methodologies,Why Natural Capital?

This article was originally published on Phys.org.  “Forests fulfill numerous important functions, and do so particularly well if they have a diversity of trees, according to a new study. As a second study demonstrates, forest managers do not have to decide on the provision of solely one function, such as wood production or nature conservation—several… [more]

Plant Respiration Could Become a Bigger Feedback on Climate Than Expected

22nd November 2017
Published under: Data Tools & Methodologies,Why Natural Capital?

This article was originally published on: Centre for Ecology & Hydrology.  “New research, led by the Centre for Ecology & Hydrology, suggests that plant respiration is a larger source of carbon emissions than previously thought, and warns that, as the world warms, this may reduce the ability of Earth’s land surface to absorb emissions due… [more]