Mapping and Valuation of Ecosystem Services: Internship Opportunity with WWF / Natural Capital Project

Intern(s) sought to work on mapping and valuation of ecosystem services using InVEST, an ArcGIS based modeling tool developed by the Natural Capital Project (www.naturalcapitalproject.org). Interns will work on one or more of the following:

Using InVEST to map and value ecosystem services on WWF priority sites in Sumatra, the Colombian Amazon Piedmont, and the Greater Virungas Landscape in East Africa. Specifically, the intern may: gather and format data sets for use with InVEST; help WWF field programs with applying InVEST; and run the InVEST models for a range of ecosystem services under current land use patterns and future scenarios.

  • Providing feedback on the tool that will contribute to its further development, and helping to improve the documentation.
  • For interns with advanced ArcGIS skills (geoprocessing and Python scripting), there are opportunities to contribute to module development and improvement.
  • The intern may also be able to apply InVEST to another study area relevant to his or her ongoing or planned thesis project

This is a great opportunity for self-motivated students to gain experience in spatial analysis and ecosystem services, and to possibly develop an independent research project for their thesis requirements. A minimum of two semesters ArcGIS coursework, or equivalent work experience required.

Also helpful: knowledge of Spatial Analyst Tool and Python scripting, and prior experience with ecosystem services. Must be able to work efficiently and independently. Graduate students are preferred.

Stipend:  Funding Possible
Due date for CV and cover letter:  April 15, 2010
Contact:  Nirmal Bhagabati (nirmal.bhagabati@wwfus.org)

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  2. To whom it may correspond:

    This is Fernando Remolina, a biologist from Colombia. Currently, I am working at Humboldt Institute (Colombia) in a project dealing with mapping ecosystem services.

    I would like to know whether you publish the results of the project about ecosystem services in the Colombian Amazon Piedmont.

    Thanks a lot for your help.

    Regards,

    Fernando Remolina

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