Data Tools & Methodologies

Seeing Stress From Space: The U.S. is Predicting Droughts Sooner With Satellites

31st May 2017
Published under: Data Tools & Methodologies

This article was originally published on NASA Applied Sciences.  “…Working with the Atmosphere-Land Exchange Inverse model, Hain and a team of scientists from NOAA, USDA-ARS, the National Drought Mitigation Center, and the University of Maryland integrated land-surface temperature measurements from the GOES satellite with vegetation, albedo, and landcover data from Terra and Aqua. The result was… [more]

Impoverished But Still a Treasure: Birds of an Amazonian City

30th May 2017
Published under: Data Tools & Methodologies

This article was originally published on Anthropocene Magazine.  “Though urban wildlife is getting more attention than ever, most of the focus is on North America and western Europe. Given urbanization’s pace all over the world, there’s a lot we’re missing. In Amazonia, the vast territory around the Amazon river basin, urban populations have swelled by… [more]

Ecosystem Services in Global Sustainability Policies

25th May 2017
Published under: Data Tools & Methodologies

This paper was originally published on Elsevier.  Highlights: All ecosystem services categories are relevant for the Aichi Targets and the SDGs. There is an information bias towards the supply side of ecosystem services. Information on social behaviour and governance is lacking for ecosystem services flows. Trade-offs caused by unsustainable development will likely remain undetected. IPBES… [more]

Rapid Urban Expansion Leaves Indian Megacity Chennai Without Essential Ecosystem Services

22nd May 2017
Published under: Data Tools & Methodologies

This article was originally published on the Stockholm Resilience Centre. Story highlights: Urban areas increased by 70 percent, in Chennai, India, between 1991 and 2016, mainly towards the periphery Forecasts predict urban sprawl to swallow almost all valuable forests, mangroves and agricultural land by 2027 The combination of methods used to quantify urban sprawl can… [more]

New Online Service to Help Inform Decisions Affecting the Quality of Water & Ecosystems in the UK

22nd May 2017
Published under: Data Tools & Methodologies

This article was originally published on Centre for Ecology & Hydrology.  “The Centre for Ecology & Hydrology (CEH) is leading a community project to deliver a new online service which has been launched to help better manage the quality of water and ecosystems in the UK. The service provides a comprehensive resource base with information… [more]

Impacts of 120 Years of Fertilizer Addition on a Temperate Grassland Ecosystem

22nd May 2017
Published under: Data Tools & Methodologies

This paper was originally published on PLOS ONE.  “Abstract: The widespread application of fertilizers has greatly influenced many processes and properties of agroecosystems, and agricultural fertilization is expected to increase even further in the future. To date, most research on fertilizer impacts has used short-term studies, which may be unrepresentative of long-term responses, thus hindering our… [more]