NatCap used information about variation in ecosystem services and their diverse values to develop land management plans that best meet the diverse objectives of Kamehameha Schools, the largest private land-owner in Hawai'i.
Conducting stakeholder engagement and modeling of land use decisions on surface and marine water quality. Project goals include estimating the recreational and non-use value impacts of future land use scenarios in a large watershed that crosses State boundaries and providing guidance to prioritize conservation activity.
Assessing the benefits and trade-offs of integrated systems for livestock performance, wildlife health, tick-borne disease risk, and related impacts to livelihoods through livestock and tourism income.
We are developing an open-source computer vision algorithm to detect the location of dams from high resolution satellite imagery, enabling us to map the location of dams worldwide whose locations have not been systematically available.
Developing and applying an expanded mitigation approach to account for and compensate the negative impacts communities experience as a result of environmental degradation due to development. Applied framework to a case study of mining development in the Cesar Department in Colombia. Partners: Stanford University, The Nature Conservancy.
Articulating the benefits of urban nature to inform urban planning.
We worked with the World Bank, the Chinese Academy of Sciences, and local planners in Guangzhou in two different contexts: the Haizhu wetland and the New Knowledge City.
Assessed risk from coastal hazards along the entire coast of The Bahamas and identify locations where corals, mangroves, and seagrasses have the greatest potential to reduce risk to coastal communities. Collaborators: Government of The Bahamas, IDB.
Using ecosystem service information to zone various activities to preserve natural and cultural heritage values on Chiloé island. Collaborators: Center for Studies and Conservation of Natural Heritage, Audubon.
Using evidence linking nature with mental health and wellbeing to inform urban planning, urban design and public health. Collaborators: Cities of Minneapolis and Saint Paul, Trust for Public Land, Minnesota Blue Cross Blue Shield, Paul Riverfront Corporation.