Data Tools & Methodologies

With a Green Makeover, Philadelphia Is Tackling Its Stormwater Problem

19th April 2018
Published under: Data Tools & Methodologies

This article was originally published on Yale Environment 360.  “In a major initiative, Philadelphia is building an extensive network of rain gardens, green roofs, wetlands, and other infrastructure to capture stormwater. The goal is to prevent runoff from overwhelming sewers and polluting waterways and to help green America’s fifth-largest city. Benjamin Franklin, Philadelphia’s favorite son, described… [more]

A Protocol for an Intercomparison of Biodiversity & Ecosystem Services Models Using Harmonized Land-Use & Climate Scenarios

17th April 2018
Published under: Data Tools & Methodologies

This paper was originally published in Biorxiv. “Abstract: To support the assessments of the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES), the IPBES Expert Group on Scenarios and Models is carrying out an intercomparison of biodiversity and ecosystem services models using harmonized scenarios (BES-SIM). The goals of BES-SIM are: (1) to project the… [more]

Complementarity & Synergisms Among Ecosystem Services Supporting Crop Yield

10th April 2018
Published under: Data Tools & Methodologies

This paper was originally published in Global Food Security. Highlights Crop yield depends on biotic pest regulation, pollination, and nutrient cycling. Such dependence occurs simultaneously, rather than one service at a time. Complementary effects between services on crop yield are the most frequent. Positive interactions are common, while evidence for negative interactions is weak. Agricultural… [more]

Researchers Using Astronomical Techniques Used to Study Distant Stars to Survey Endangered Species

5th April 2018
Published under: Data Tools & Methodologies,Enabling Environment

This article was originally published on the BBC.  “…Conservation is not only about the numbers of animals but also about political will and local community supporting conservation. But better data always helps to move good arguments forward. Solid data on what is happening to animal populations is the foundation of all conservation efforts”. Currently, conservationists… [more]

Microsoft: Together, AI & Nature Are Protecting Earth’s Water Systems for the Future

28th March 2018
Published under: Data Tools & Methodologies,Enabling Environment

This article was originally published on Microsoft. “Every year on March 22, the world focuses its attention on water. This year’s theme for World Water Day is the “Nature for Water,” which explores how we can use nature to overcome the water challenges of the 21st century. These challenges include everything from scarcity to quality… [more]

IPBES Media Release: Worsening Worldwide Land Degradation Now ‘Critical’, Undermining Well-Being of 3.2 Billion People

27th March 2018
Published under: Data Tools & Methodologies,Enabling Environment

This release was originally published on IPBES.  “Main cause of species loss & driver of the migration of millions of people by 2050 In landmark 3-year assessment report, 100+ experts outline costs, dangers & options Worsening land degradation caused by human activities is undermining the well-being of two fifths of humanity, driving species extinctions and intensifying climate change.… [more]