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Global Modeling of Nature's Contribution to People

Curious about the ways our natural world will change in the next 30 years? Global Modeling of Nature's Contribution to People, "an interactive viewer," based on a 2019 study published in Science magazine, provides insight. The project analyzes and predicts shifts in the supply-demand relationship between humans and nature from 2015 to 2050 with a focus on three areas: water quality regulation, crop pollination, coastal risk reduction. Within each category, the site analyzes "human component" (looking at "the maximum potential benefits based on biophysical conditions or pressures and the population exposed to these potential benefits,") and "natural component" (which considers "nature's contribution to potential benefits as the proportion of the maximum potential benefits that are provided by nature,"). The relationship between human needs and natural contributions are then displayed on a series of maps. Readers can view the maps for each category via the tabs at the top of the page or opt to look at the data summaries for present (based on 2015) and future (based on predictions for 2050). The "i" icon in the top-right corner provides a map key. The project reveals that "where people's needs for nature are now greatest, nature's ability to meet those needs is declining," but sustainable practices can help close this gap. Many individuals contributed to the project, including Rebecca Chaplin-Kramer, Richard P. Sharp, Charlotte G. Weil, and Anna Fredriksson Haagg.
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September 18th, 2020
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August 25th, 2020 at 5:01pm
Date Of Record Release
September 2nd, 2020 at 7:19am
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