Ecosystem Services Impact Assessment Using Terra-i
Terra-i results can be used to estimate impacts of historic deforestation on ecosystem services using WaterWorld (http://www.policysupport.org/waterworld) for water and soil erosion impacts and Costing Nature (http://www.policysupport.org/costingnature) for impacts on water , carbon (storage and sequestration), hazard mitigation and other services and measures of conservation priority.
Run a baseline (representing year 2000) and then choose Policy Options>Land Use Change and set a land use change scenario based on Terra-i from the drop-down list.
WaterWorld is a global version of the AguAAndes model which is a testbed for the development and implementation of land and water related policies globally, enabling intended and unintended consequences to be tested in silico before they are tested in vivo . It incorporates detailed spatial datasets at 1-square km and 1 hectare resolution for the entire World, spatial models for biophysical and socioeconomic processes along with scenarios for climate, land use and economic change. A series of interventions (policy options) are available which can be implemented and their consequences traced through the socio-economic and biophysical systems. The model integrates with a range of geobrowsers for immersive visualisation of outcomes.
Costing Nature is a web based tool for analysing the ecosystem services provided by natural environments,identifying the beneficiaries of these services and assessing the impacts of human interventions. This PSS is a testbed for the development and implementation of conservation strategies focused on sustaining and improving ecosystem services. It also focused on enabling the intended and unintended consequences of development actions on ecosystem service provision to be tested in silico before they are tested in vivo . The PSS incorporates detailed spatial datasets at 1-square km and 1 hectare resolution for the entire World, spatial models for biophysical and socioeconomic processes along with scenarios for climate and land use. The PSS calculates a baseline for current ecosystem service provision and allows a series of interventions (policy options) or scenarios of change to be used to understand their impact on ecosystem service delivery.