Data Tools & Methodologies

Assessing the Value of Natural Capital in Marine Protected Areas: A Biophysical & Trophodynamic Environmental Accounting Model

19th April 2017
Published under: Data Tools & Methodologies

This paper was originally published on Elsevier. Highlights A methodology for natural capital assessment in Marine Protected Areas is proposed. The methodology is based on biophysical and emergy accounting methods. The assessment of natural capital stocks value requires interdisciplinary approaches. “Abstract: Changes imposed to nature by human activities and related impacts on all environmental matrices… [more]

Restoring Natural Capital: Science, Business, & Practice

19th April 2017
Published under: Data Tools & Methodologies,Enabling Environment

This article was originally published on ResearchGate. “How can environmental degradation be stopped? How can it be reversed? And how can the damage already done be repaired? The authors of this volume argue that a two-pronged approach is needed: reducing demand for ecosystem goods and services and better management of them, coupled with an increase… [more]

Species Diversity Through the Food Chain Maintains Ecosystem Services More Effectively

18th April 2017
Published under: Data Tools & Methodologies

This article was originally published on Farming Futures.  “Biodiversity’s contribution to ecosystem services in grasslands — at different levels of the food chain (known as trophic levels) — has been assessed in a new study. Higher species diversity across trophic levels — particularly for plants, insects and soil microbial decomposers — is important for the… [more]

Priorities to Advance Monitoring of Ecosystem Services Using Earth Observation

18th April 2017
Published under: Data Tools & Methodologies

This paper was originally published on ScienceDirect. “Abstract: Managing ecosystem services in the context of global sustainability policies requires reliable monitoring mechanisms. While satellite Earth observation offers great promise to support this need, significant challenges remain in quantifying connections between ecosystem functions, ecosystem services, and human well-being benefits. Here, we provide a framework showing how… [more]

Why Peri-Urban Areas Should More Than Just Spaces Between Cities and Their Outskirts

13th April 2017
Published under: Data Tools & Methodologies

This article was originally published on Stockholm Resilience Centre. Highlights: Further densification of cities will create an increasing demand for ecosystem services provided by the peri-urban landscapes around them Peri-urban landscapes should be seen as a complement to the city rather than a fringeland Rethinking and reframing the per-urban areas will potentially contribute to a… [more]

Vacant Urban Lot Soils and their Potential to Support Ecosystem Services

12th April 2017
Published under: Data Tools & Methodologies

This paper was originally published on SpringerLink.  “Abstract: Urban soils are the basis of many ecosystem services in cities. Here, we examine formerly residential vacant lot soils in Cleveland, Ohio and Detroit, Michigan, USA for their potential to provide multiple ecosystem services. We examine two key contrasts: 1) differences between cities and 2) differences within… [more]