Data Tools & Methodologies

Shrimp Price Fluctuations Help Pinpoint the Economic Effects of Pollution

6th February 2017
Published under: Data Tools & Methodologies

This article was originally published on Ars Technica UK. “Low oxygen levels cause a big problem for aquatic ecosystems. When oxygen falls below two milligrams per liter, the area is classed as “hypoxic,” a condition that can be driven by pollution such as agricultural runoff. Hypoxia has an effect on marine life that’s pretty relevant to fisheries: low oxygen in… [more]

Land-Use Intensification Causes Multitrophic Homogenization of Grassland Communities

6th February 2017
Published under: Data Tools & Methodologies

This paper is a product of Nature.  “Land-use intensification is a major driver of biodiversity loss1, 2. Alongside reductions in local species diversity, biotic homogenization at larger spatial scales is of great concern for conservation. Biotic homogenization means a decrease in β-diversity (the compositional dissimilarity between sites). Most studies have investigated losses in local (α)-diversity1,… [more]

Building for Birds: An Online Tool to Evaluate How Different Development Designs Impact Forest Bird Habitat

6th February 2017
Published under: Data Tools & Methodologies

This article was originally published on The Nature of Cities.  “Building for Birds”, a design tool, allows decision-makers to manipulate amounts of forest fragments and tree canopy to determine the best designs for conserving bird habitat. “Often, city forest fragments and tree canopies are overlooked by city planners and developers as important bird habitat. More… [more]

Clarifying the Role of Coastal & Marine Systems in Climate Mitigation

6th February 2017
Published under: Data Tools & Methodologies,Enabling Environment

This paper is a product of Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment. Highlights: Coastal wetlands sequester substantial amounts of carbon, mostly in soils Interest in the climate benefits of coastal wetlands has drawn attention to how other components of marine ecosystems might play a role in climate mitigation Coral reefs, kelp, and marine fauna, while… [more]

MIT, Conservation International Scientists ‘Hack’ Climate Solutions

2nd February 2017
Published under: Data Tools & Methodologies

This article was originally published on Conservation International. “On the seventh floor of a conference center in Cambridge, Mass., last Friday, a group of scientists and engineers huddled around tables, tapping on their laptops and sketching on poster paper, barely looking up to take in the Boston skyline. The term “hackathon” — an event in… [more]

Climate Change Guidelines For Forest Managers

1st February 2017
Published under: Data Tools & Methodologies,Enabling Environment

This report is a product of the Food and Agriculture Organization. “Executive Summary: The effects of climate change and climate variability on forest ecosystems are evident around the world and further impacts are unavoidable, at least in the short to medium term. Addressing the challenges posed by climate change will require adjustments to forest policies and changes… [more]