Oxford Long-Term Ecology Lab

Long-Term Ecology, Biodiversity Conservation, and Environmental Stewardship Technologies


Estimated visitor density across Europe

Peter Long, Sandra Nogue, David Benz and Kathy Willis recently published a paper in Frontiers in Biogeography demonstating how to map the ecosystem service of outdoor recreation across Europe.  The model used data on numbers of visitors to certain sites to predict visitor density across the whole continent on the basis of human population density, social media records and environmental variables.   We show that the most spectacular landscapes are not actually the locations where the amount of recreational visitors is greatest.  Instead most recreation takes place in green spaces relatively close to people’s homes, thus the most important areas for providing recreational amenity are green spaces near cities.     https://escholarship.org/uc/item/5xj3q9g2

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June 30, 2021

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April 19, 2021

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January 30, 2021

Mapping recreational amenity in Europe

Peter Long, Sandra Nogue, David Benz and Kathy Willis recently published a paper in Frontiers in Biogeography demonstating how to map the ecosystem service of outdoor recreation across Europe.  The ... Continue reading

December 16, 2020

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