This autumn there has been a lot of activity behind the scenes better understating our data and the story it is telling us. However, we have found the time to leave our desks and talk and engage with fellow researchers and the public.
With less than a year until CBESS comes to an end, we are increasingly busy working on Theme 2 (context) and Theme 3 (scale). We have also been back in the field, in preparation for development of the Ecosystem Provisioning Tool. There have also some interesting collaborations between science and art.
CBESS is organising a BESS funded workshop ‘From form to function: statistical approaches to the Biodiversity-Function-Service Chain’
The CBESS team met in York at the start of January for two days to discuss the best way to incorporate scale and context into our data analysis and how to best approach up-scaling biodiversity and ecosystem services and finally the creation of novel tools for Ecosystem Service Provisioning.
In August 2013, the CBESS Team began the final push to collect data for the Summer Field Campaign in Morecambe Bay and the Essex Marshes. Conditions were very different to winter with fieldworkers suffering sunburn and dehydration, compared to suspected frost bite!
The UK’s Ecosystem Services for Poverty Alleviation (ESPA) and Biodiversity and Ecosystem Service Sustainability (BESS) programmes are holding a one-day event in London to bring together our research communities and users of research to discuss ways of framing the ways that ecosystem services deliver benefits to society.
You will be able to stream the event live, if you are unable to make it. Please go to the BESS News Page for more info.
In January and February 2013 the CBESS Team spent two weeks in the Essex Marshes and Morecambe Bay, respectively (the first of two field campaigns). Rain, hail, ice, snow and wind were overcome in order to collect enough samples at four spatial scales to quantify the biodiversity and related ecosystem services in two very different bio-geographical regions.
CBESS and the three other BESS consortia met up in London for two days of sharing ideas and best practice. Continue reading
The launch event for BESS (Biodiversity and Ecosystem Service Sustainability) was held on 22nd June 2012 in at Royal Over-Seas League,London. Continue reading