‘Big data’ can support better management of global natural assets

Sophisticated analysis of large datasets – known as ‘big data’ – can enable us to meet the challenge of looking after the natural resources we depend upon for survival and economic growth, according to a new study involving the Centre for Ecology & Hydrology.

The research outlines a new approach for using environmental ‘big data’ to understand where different approaches to managing our Natural Capital (natural resources such as forests, lakes and soils that provide benefits for humans and ecosystems) are most effective, so the environment continues to provide us with the food, water, recreation and timber on which we all depend.

The study, led by the University of Southampton and also involving Forest Research and the Centre for Ecology & Hydrology (CEH), was part of a project funded by the European Research Council and has been published in the journal Nature Sustainability:

An analytical framework for spatially targeted management of natural capital.

SPAKE, R., BELLAMY, C., GRAHAM, L. J., WATTS, K., WILSON, T., NORTON, L. R., WOOD, C. M., SCHMUCKI, R., BULLOCK, J. M. & EIGENBROD, F. 2019. Nature Sustainability, 2, 90-97.



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