Jen’s project was focused on the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem.
-How do you know a landscape is healthy?
-You can’t always judge health to outward appearance. Example: Humans
-Clean air and water, but what about the habitat for different animals and their needs to survive?
-Animals are the best way to understand the ecosystem; if the animals aren’t able to sustain themselves in that environment, then the ecosystem is failing to some extent or another
-We need to set health goals for the ecosystems around us in order to sustain the native species in that area for more than a century
– Yellowstone is the first ecological benchmark:
- Benchmark things using GIS technology
- Animals inform us on how we’re doing
- Unifying architecture for complex workflow
“We use visualization, mathematical, and narrative models to specify ecosystem ‘well-normal’ levels. In turn, these are used to define a nonpartisan ecological bioethics frame informed by transparent, auditable metrics of ecosystem health.” -Jen Sheldon, 2013
Jen showed us one unique way of using Geodesign to focus on the ecosystem. Just one more contribution of Geodesign!