Accounting for U.S. ecosystem services at national and subnational scales
Accounting frameworks for ecosystem services are gaining increasing traction worldwide as governments and the private sector use them to monitor integrated environmental and economic trends. Yet, a synthesis of data sources needed to advance natural capital accounting (NCA) in the U.S. has not yet occurred. Building on international NCA standards, this pursuit, jointly funded by the USGS Powell Center and SESYNC, proposes to build a foundation for a U.S. NCA system. The team will apply NCA at the subnational scale, within a landscape managed by multiple Federal agencies and one that could provide a replicable assessment process to support more sustainable natural resource management.