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The Natural Capital Project advances research frontiers focused on:

  • Less-studied yet vital ecosystem services relating to health including improving mental health, promoting physical activity, and supporting urban biodiversity as well as investigating the effects of land use change on vector-borne disease.
  • Equity in access to nature and its benefits - developing new assessment approaches.
  • Resilience of interconnected human and natural systems.
  • Modeling of ecosystem services at the global scale using high performance computing (HPC).
  • Using AI for optimization and to generate insights from new data sources such as social media, satellite imagery, and human movement data.
  • Unifying ecosystem service data, modeling, and visualization through standardized APIs.
  • Connecting natural capital assessments and accounting (NCAA) to policy and finance decisions pathways.

Recent Publications

  • Stanford Environmental Research . (2024). 2023 Year in Review. Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment. https://woodsinstitute.stanford.edu/system/files/publications/2023_Stanford_Environmental_Research_YIR_final_web.pdf
  • 3Ps Project Fact Sheet - Belize. (2024). Securing and Monitoring Belize‚Äôs Natural Capital to Achieve Results-Based Financing Targets. Natural Capital Project. https://naturalcapitalproject.stanford.edu/sites/g/files/sbiybj25256/files/media/file/3ps-project-fact-sheet-belize.pdf
  • 3Ps Project Fact Sheet - Chile (ENGLISH). (2024). Natural Capital Project. https://naturalcapitalproject.stanford.edu/sites/g/files/sbiybj25256/files/media/file/3ps-project-fact-sheet-chile-english.pdf
  • 3Ps Project Fact Sheet - Colombia. (2024). Natural Capital Project. https://naturalcapitalproject.stanford.edu/sites/g/files/sbiybj25256/files/media/file/3ps-project-fact-sheet-colombia-english-v03.pdf
  • 3Ps Project Fact Sheet - Phillipines (ENGLISH). (2024). Natural Capital Project. https://naturalcapitalproject.stanford.edu/sites/g/files/sbiybj25256/files/media/file/3ps-project-fact-sheet-phillipines-english.pdf