The influences of governance and institutions on human-nature interactions are central to society’s most challenging and complex environmental problems.
We will bring communities of practice for modeling domains together to develop strategies to link biodiversity and ecosystem service models. We will focus on links between biodiversity and key ecological processes underpinning ecosystem services, considering the broader context needed to produce socio-economic and socio-environmental scenarios and projections.
The aim of this Pursuit is to assess the relationship between large-scale land acquisitions (LSLAs) and the food-energy-water (FEW) nexus considering not only the agricultural elements of this transformation, but also the impacts on land cover, water and energy demand, on ecosystems, and the effects on the socio-economic, cultural and institutional conditions on the affected populations.
This pursuit will synthesize global measurements of plant nitrogen (N) concentration to produce the first global investigation of spatiotemporal trends. The resulting data base and analysis will be an important future resource for remote sensing and global studies of plant traits. In phase two of the project, we will evaluate the ecological consequences of declining N availability to plants.
This Pursuit will translate models of extinction dates, overlap between fauna and early human populations, and species distributions, into demographic predictions and structured threat assessments. These estimates will generate comparisons of extinction rates under varying regimes of human use and disturbance and demographic projections under alternative future scenarios.
There is increasing pressure in Alberta — the top oil-producing province in Canada — to extract and transport oil and gas to American markets.
This project represents the first socio-environmental-technological system (SETS) study of the generation of stormwater pollution in urban watersheds across the United States. Urban stormwater pollution poses a major and growing threat to local waterbodies, yet its study and management has consistently ignored the human activities and behaviors that release pollution.