In this Smart Forests Radio episode, we interview Miranda Mesman and Ton de Nijs from the Dutch National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM). RIVM develops digital platforms like Atlas Natural Capital and Atlas Living Environment to aid green urban planning by quantifying the environmental and societal benefits of greening cities. During the interview, Miranda and Ton share their journey of consolidating maps, building data models, and developing API tools to capture the interdependence of natural capital, the environment, and human health. While digital technologies and data can enable different approaches to modelling urban environments, Miranda and Ton stress that citizen engagement is crucial for realising the benefits of green infrastructures.
Interviewers: Michelle Westerlaken and Jennifer Gabrys
Producer: Harry Murdoch
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This radio episode was produced by the Smart Forests project funded by the European Research Council. Smart Forests is led by Professor Jennifer Gabrys and is based in the Department of Sociology at the University of Cambridge.
Smart Forests Atlas materials are free to use for non-commercial purposes (with attribution) under a CC BY-NC-SA 4.0 license. To cite this radio episode: Mesman, Miranda, Ton de Nijs, Michelle Westerlaken, and Jennifer Gabrys, "Atlas Natural Capital: Counting the Benefits of Green Infrastructures", Smart Forests Atlas (2023), https://atlas.smartforests.net/en/radio/atlas-natural-capital. DOI: 10.5281/zenodo.10692372.
Header image: Atlas Natural Capital platform shows carbon stocks in natural reserves in the form of a heatmap. Image source: Atlas Natuurlijk Kapitaal (Atlas Natural Capital) [screenshot]. Retrieved 17 October 2023, from https://www.atlasnatuurlijkkapitaal.nl