Data Tools & Methodologies

Modelling Urban Sprawl Using Remotely Sensed Data: A Case Study of Chennai City, Tamilnadu

11th April 2017
Published under: Case Studies,Data Tools & Methodologies

This paper was originally published on Entropy. “Abstract: Urban sprawl (US), propelled by rapid population growth leads to the shrinkage of productive agricultural lands and pristine forests in the suburban areas and, in turn, adversely affects the provision of ecosystem services. The quantification of US is thus crucial for effective urban planning and environmental management. Like… [more]

Natural Capital in Practice: How to Include its Value in Dutch Decision-Making Processes

11th April 2017
Published under: Data Tools & Methodologies

This article was originally published on Elsevier.  “Abstract: Scientific and policy attention for natural capital and ecosystem services have grown fast during the last decade. As a result, awareness on the value of the stock of natural capital and the flow of ecosystem services it provides increased. Decision-makers from governments, business and nature organisations nowadays… [more]

Adaptive Management of Soil Conservation is Essential to Improving Water Quality, Research Shows

10th April 2017
Published under: Data Tools & Methodologies

This article was originally published on the Centre for Ecology & Hydrology. “The quality of our rivers and lakes could be placed under pressure from harmful levels of soluble phosphorus, despite well-intended measures to reduce soil erosion and better manage and conserve farmland for crop production, a new study shows. The UK-based Centre for Ecology… [more]

Experts Call for More Collaboration & Investment in Biodiversity Monitoring

10th April 2017
Published under: Data Tools & Methodologies

This article was originally published on: International Union for Conservation of Nature.  “Increasingly accurate data are becoming available thanks to modern technology, such as satellite-based remote sensing. However, many challenges remain if we want to improve the monitoring of biodiversity and ultimately its conservation, according to the authors, who also stress the need to make biodiversity… [more]

National Ecosystem Assessments in Europe: A Review

7th April 2017
Published under: Data Tools & Methodologies

This paper was originally published on Oxford Academic – BioScience.  “Abstract: National ecosystem assessments form an essential knowledge base for safeguarding biodiversity and ecosystem services. We analyze eight European (sub-)national ecosystem assessments (Portugal, United Kingdom, Spain, Norway, Flanders, Netherlands, Finland, and Germany) and compare their objectives, political context, methods, and operationalization. We observed remarkable differences in… [more]

An Ecosystem Services Approach to the Ecological Effects of Salvage Logging: Valuation of Seed Dispersal

6th April 2017
Published under: Data Tools & Methodologies

This paper was originally published on the Ecological Society of America. “Abstract: Forest disturbances diminish ecosystem services and boost disservices. Because post-disturbance management intends to recover the greatest possible value, selling timber often prevails over other considerations. Ecological research has shown diverse effects of salvage logging, yet such research has focused on the biophysical component of… [more]