Towards Simulating Site Ecosystem Services

Gave a talk at CELA2012 earlier today about my work developing ecosystem services modeling tools. I don’t often share my research here most of this work is still very much a work-in-progress, but I’m at a juncture where I’m seeking collaborators to move to this work forward. I’m also working on a journal article on this topic, so stay tuned for further developments.

(Also gave a talk on Z+ Pedagogy that can be found here [pdf] onĀ  zeropluscampus.umn.edu.)

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5 thoughts on “Towards Simulating Site Ecosystem Services

  1. Barry, in the second to last slide are you juxtaposing Green Urbanism to Ecocity? Diagrams seem to argue that the later would be more apropos?
    Also, I too am concerned with the problematics of monetary evaluation? The presentation above is obviously for this sort of modeling/toolset, I wonder is the key somehow to code those sorts of concerns in?

    Or do you model inspite of?

    • My agenda is to create a modeling tool to enable eco-cities, other forms of ecological urbanism, and to regenerate the environment. There are myriad other applications for the tool once it exists too.

      Monetary evaluation is both a strength and weakness – the trick will be to balance economic, ecological, and cultural values or perhaps, in spite of only having the economic metrics at the start.

  2. Also following up from your liveblog of Elizabeth Meyer’s lecture/keynote, does such a model have to include cultural affects? Or would that be at level of SITEs with your toolset focused more on green infrastructural, engineered type, benefits? Thinking of ecosystem services solely from a numerical, technical model.

    • Cultural valuation of landscapes is a mature field, so there is lots of research to develop into a performance tool. My challenge is that I’m not a cultural landscape person who knows the work. I’ll be starting with the ecological aspects that encourage the integration of ecosystem services into the built environment, and bringing green infrastructure/hydrology, green roofs/walls, urban forestry practices, urban ag, and the other existing design features into a single tool.

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