We identify and characterize the natural and anthropogenic patterns and processes at different scales in continental and coastal areas occupied by the population and prone to the effects of global change.
We assess the current situation of ecosystem services generated by natural systems under different future scenarios. This analysis is carried out using spatial models that simulate natural patterns and processes and their relationship with the different factors of global change, such as climate change, changes in land use, alteration of the physical, chemical and biological properties of water or urban expansion.
We propose, develop and implement plans and management measures that reduce the risk of affecting the ecosystem supply, regulation or cultural services demanded by society in the different change scenarios. These measures are proposed and implemented in collaboration with governments, local communities and other agents involved in territorial management.
We provide training sessions with local agents and technical staff from governments and companies to determine and emphasize the use of spatial data as new methodologies and tools for transferring knowledge to society in terms of defining and managing ecosystem services. At IHCantabria we have provided training of this nature in countries such as Bahamas or Turkey.
Preparation of cartographic baselines of natural and anthropic patterns and processes in continental, littoral and coastal environments on different spatio-temporal scales
Analysis of cause-effect and mechanistic spatial relationships by means of numerical modeling
Modeling change dynamics in recent decades and generation of future climate and socioeconomic scenarios
Analysis of the vulnerability of areas affected by past or future changes to the sometimes conflicting demand for ecosystem services
Development of change risk or land management maps in order to design group dynamics with local agents
Proposal and application of territorial planning and management measures
Development of tools to aid in decision making
Technology transfer and training/dissemination courses or workshops
Its main objective is to promote sustainable investments in Blue and Green Infrastructures (BGI) by identifying the benefits of the Ecosystem Services provided at the land-water and land-sea interfaces in the Atlantic Region.
José manuel álvarez-martínez
Researcher || Expert in Ecosystem Services
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