Data Tools & Methodologies

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]

New York Times: Nature’s ‘Alarming’ Decline Threatens Food, Water, Energy

23rd March 2018
Published under: Data Tools & Methodologies,Enabling Environment,Why Natural Capital?

This article was originally published on the New York Times.  “Four regional reports covered the Americas, Asia and the Pacific, Africa, Europe and Central Asia – all areas of the planet except the poles and the high seas. For the Americas, the report estimated that the value of nature to people – such as crops,… [more]

Dune Dynamics Safeguard Ecosystem Services

22nd March 2018
Published under: Data Tools & Methodologies

This paper was originally published in Ocean & Coastal Management. Highlights: We quantified and monetized the value of the different stages in dune succession. Dynamic dunes may create up to ∼50% higher economic benefits then fixed dunes. The main benefits of dynamic dunes are recreation and coastal safety maintenance. Dunes should remain dynamic to safeguard their… [more]

Earthworm Functional Traits, Landscape Degradation & Ecosystem Services in the Brazilian Amazon Deforestation Arc

21st March 2018
Published under: Data Tools & Methodologies

This paper was originally published in European Journal of Soil Biology. Highlights We measured 8 functional traits in 1148 earthworms of the Amazon region. Earthworm traits significantly co varied with soil parameters and indicators of soil ecosystem service. Typhlosole, gizzard and septa were the most important earthworm “response” traits. “Abstract: Earthworms, as ecosystem engineers, help to mineralize soil… [more]