About the Portal
This portal allows users to explore how ecosystem services are distributed across Alberta.
The simulation models represent natural and human processes to understand how and where ecosystem
services are generated. For some ecosystem services, we have also estimated their economic value.
To date, we have mapped water purification, pollination, timber production and carbon storage, and biodiversity.
To use the mapping portal
1. Review the disclaimer and click “I understand and agree to the above” if you agree. Then then click “Model Setup” at the top left side of the screen.
2. Choose a watershed region of interest and ecosystem service model under “Model Setup”.
3. Next, you can change some of the sliders (except for the Biodiversity model) to explore different simulation times, natural resource product prices, and other model input parameters.
4. The model will then take a few moments to run, and produce an output map as well as some summary statistics.
5. Use the “Model Results: Data” link to view and download tabular and spatial output. Map outputs are produced at an approximately 10km2
For More Information
All models have been developed and programmed in the open-source, freely available platform NetLogo
General information on each of the models is available here
Please contact Tom Habib (email@example.com) for more information on models or to obtain the input data
and model code files. Note that although this portal runs these same models, only a subset of parameters is adjustable
online in order to reduce complexity.
Additional functionality will be added to this mapping portal in the future - stay tuned!
The ecosystem services models were developed in collaboration with Silvacom, Green Analytics, Alberta Innovates - Technology Futures, and the ABMI Science Centre.
Core funding has been provided by Alberta Innovates Bio Solutions, ALberta Innovates Technology Futures, and the Alberta Livestock and Meat Agency.