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 biodiversity in the global environment.

The extensive data can inform new global targets for wilderness conservation and the carbon emissions from loss of intact vegetation. The impact of this data can also enable researchers to report on global progress on the United Nations Plan for Biodiversity.

The data's framework will allow signatory nations to the Conventional Biological Diversity to use the information as part of their national reporting and UNESCO researchers to report on the state of world heritage.