Gretchen Daily, a biology professor at Stanford University is working towards protecting the environment by quantifying the value of nature’s goods and services that are vital for human life, and factoring these benefits into the dollar values of businesses and governments.
Daily felt the need to convey the value of nature and its loss by identifying ways to calculate the cost of losing it, and hence software program InVEST was developed. The program enables the comparing of various environmental scenarios to ultimately assist policy makers in making choices.
Building on from this, Google Earth Engine, enabling global-scale monitoring and measurement of environmental changes, such as forecasting soil fertility, erosion and deforestation; allows the accumulation and analysis of the data to be processed faster.
This is a great achievement towards protecting our environment.