Data Tools & Methodologies

An Evaluation of Semi-Automated Methods for Collecting Ecosystem-Level Data in Temperate Marine Systems

22nd May 2017
Published under: Data Tools & Methodologies

This paper was originally published in Ecology and Evolution. “Abstract: Historically, marine ecologists have lacked efficient tools that are capable of capturing detailed species distribution data over large areas. Emerging technologies such as high-resolution imaging and associated machine-learning image-scoring software are providing new tools to map species over large areas in the ocean. Here, we… [more]

The Blockchain Effect In Natural Capital and Supply Chains

18th May 2017
Published under: Data Tools & Methodologies

This article was originally published on LinkedIn.  “…As we examined in our first article, a key challenge in adopting blockchain approaches in the transition to natural capital accounting is based on how well businesses understand and assign value, as well as report and manage their natural capital dependencies and impacts. Some companies have impacts related… [more]

Demystifying Economic Valuation – Paper

18th May 2017
Published under: Data Tools & Methodologies,Enabling Environment

This paper was produced by the Valuing Nature Programme.  “This new 12 page paper covers the main issues, questions and principles surrounding economic valuation and is designed as an overview for those new to economic valuation. The paper brings together input from 120 volunteers from the economic valuation community.  The editors are Ece Ozdemiroglu and Rosie Hails… [more]

Importance of Marine, Coastal Cultural Ecosystem Services

17th May 2017
Published under: Data Tools & Methodologies

This article was originally published on ScienceDaily.  “A detailed scientific literature review published in the open access journal One Ecosystem confirmed that research on marine and coastal cultural ecosystem services is scarce compared to other ecosystem service categories, revealing curious insights and identifying major knowledge gaps. Available knowledge is not only primarily focused on local and… [more]

Using Natural Capital Accounting to Understand the Trade-Off Between Greenhouse Gas Emissions & Local Air Pollution

15th May 2017
Published under: Data Tools & Methodologies

This research was conducted by PwC. “The US investigation into emissions from diesel cars has drawn attention to difference between emissions performance during tests and real world driving. Some commentary confuses the issue of discovery of actions to undermine the tests, and the well-known issue of the difference between test and on road emissions. Car makers… [more]

Asia’s Glaciers are a Regionally Important Buffer Against Drought

11th May 2017
Published under: Data Tools & Methodologies,Why Natural Capital?

This paper was originally published on Nature.  “Abstract: The high mountains of Asia—encompassing the Himalayas, the Hindu Kush, Karakoram, Pamir Alai, Kunlun Shan, and Tian Shan mountains—have the highest concentration of glaciers globally, and 800 million people depend in part on meltwater from them. Water stress makes this region vulnerable economically and socially to drought,… [more]