Remote sensing and modeling to fill the “gap” in missing natural capital

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This chapter reviews recent advances in remote sensing and environmental modeling that address the first step in ecosystem accounting: biophysical quantification of ecosystem services. The chapter focuses on those ecosystem services in which the most rapid advances are likely, including crop pollination, sediment regulation, carbon sequestration and storage, and coastal flood regulation.

The discussion highlights data sources and modeling approaches that can support wealth accounting, next steps for mapping and biophysical modeling of ecosystem services, and considerations for integrating biophysical modeling and monetary valuation. These approaches could make the inclusion of some ecosystem services increasingly feasible in future versions of wealth accounts.

Publication type Book chapter
Publication Subtype Book Chapter
Title Remote sensing and modeling to fill the “gap” in missing natural capital
Year Published 2018
Language English
Publisher The World Bank
Contributing office(s) Geosciences and Environmental Change Science Center
Description 12 p.
Larger Work Type Book
Larger Work Title The changing wealth of nations 2018 : Building a sustainable future
First page 199
Last page 210
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