Chips, Chocolate & Coffee – Our Food Crops Face Mass Extinction Too

28th September 2017
Published under: Why Natural Capital?

This article was originally published on the Guardian.  “It’s not just animals, many seed crops are also endangered. So why is agrobiodiversity so overlooked? This valuable source of affordable, nutritious food could disappear if we don’t act. A “sixth mass extinction” is already under way, scientists are now warning us. Species such as the Bengal tiger… [more]

Spatial Multi-Scale Relationships of Ecosystem Services: A Case Study Using a Geostatistical Methodology

30th August 2017
Published under: Case Studies,Data Tools & Methodologies

This paper was originally published in: NatureResearch Scientific Reports. “Abstract: Adequately understanding the spatial multi-scale relationships of ecosystem services (ES) is an important step for environmental management decision-making. Here, we used spatially explicit methods to estimate five critical ES (nitrogen and phosphorous purifications, crop production, water supply and soil retention) related to non-point source (NPS) pollution… [more]

Ant-Mediated Ecosystem Services & Disservices on Marketable Yield in Cocoa Agroforestry Systems

26th July 2017
Published under: Data Tools & Methodologies,Why Natural Capital?

This paper was originally published on ScienceDirect.  Highlights Ants provided ecosystem services (e.g. pest control) but also disservices (pathogen spread). Positive impact of species-rich ant communities on marketable cocoa yield. Strong link between species rich community performance and income. Need to consider multiple interactions in agroecosystems than single ecosystem services. “Abstract: The impact of complex… [more]

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]