Project: Fulbright Coastal Vulnerability Map

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How can we use existing data to understand the vulnerability of the Baja peninsula to predicted sea level rise? For this project, Jess collaborated with local and international non-profits, academic institutions, governments, and local individuals to understand how to create a usable vulnerability map using an ecosystem services model. She partnered with the Mexico Foundation for Nature Conservation (FMCN), the Autonomous University of Baja California Sur (UABCS), the National Laboratory of Sustainable Science (LANCIS) at the Autonomous University of México (UNAM), the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF), and The Nature Conservancy (TNC) to develop and implement collaborative opportunities for knowledge sharing between scientists, policymakers, and local practitioners.

Jess utilized the Natural Capitol Project’s InVEST software to integrate biophysical, ecological, and social data to map the areas with the most social vulnerability to sea level rise. The resolution and user interface of this tool spurred future projects with integrated social data with finer granularity and local stakeholder valuation.

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