Integrating ecosystem services supply from future land-use scenarios in protected area management

The establishment of protected areas (PA) is a pivotal strategy to conserve the declining forests and biodiversity worldwide. Due to poor infrastructure and a limited capacity of PA managers, most of the PA’s in developing countries fail to achieve their management targets. In this paper entitled: Integrating ecosystem services supply from future land-use scenarios in protected area management, we explored the potential to integrate ecosystem services (ES) into land-use planning, to better manage PAs in tropical countries. Firstly, we mapped the relative capacity of different land-use/land cover (LULC) to supply ES in and around the Satchari National Park (SNP) located …

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From urban climate to energy consumption

Energy Buildings (Q1, 5 years Impact Factor 3,666 Elsevier) has published our article on urban climate and energy consumption entitled: “From urban climate to energy consumption. Enhancing building performance simulation by including the urban heat island effect“. This publication is the result of my research visit to the Catholic University of the North, located in the Atacama desert in Chile. I have spent three months there researching on urban heat islands (UHI) with my colleague and friend Dr Massimo Palme. We worked hard during that time to bring together the urban and the building scales, bridging two research communities. The …

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Dynamics of urbanization and Ecosystem Services provision in Latin America

Research about ecosystem services and urbanization is increasing in Latin America. From science & research point of view, it is still necessary to pave the way to put the framework of ecosystem services (ES) into practice, to translating the ES framework to applied disciplines such as urban planning, land planning, and management. This research project attempts to cope with this issue by making a spatial-temporal analysis of UHI trends,

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