Mapping consequences of global wilderness loss

Using a novel, fine-resolution human-influence metric, researchers from the School of Earth and Environmental Sciences were able to report on catastrophic loss of wilderness in terrestrial and marine realms.

The extensive data is now informing new global targets for biodiversity conservation and avoiding carbon emissions from loss of intact vegetation. The impact of this data has been immense in global reporting by nations against their obligations to the Conventional Biological Diversity and UNESCO, and will likely feature in the new, post-2020 United Nation's Strategic Plan for Biodiversity.

The data's framework featured heavily in the United Nation's 2019 International Panel for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Service's global report.