Mapping Ecosystem Services for the Southeast United States: Conservation and Restoration Priorities for Water Purification

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2020-08-04

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This methods brief focuses on water purification by natural land cover, which removes non-point-source pollutants from runoff water before they reach waterways. This analysis maps natural land cover within the likely flowpaths of water from agricultural areas to waterways. Regional priority areas for the restoration of additional natural land cover in the flowpaths and for the conservation of existing natural land cover in the flowpaths are identified based on the amount of agricultural land and the proportion of flowpaths that are made up of purifying natural land cover. Spatial datasets for these priority areas and associated metrics are available on ScienceBase.

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Warnell, Katie (2020). Mapping Ecosystem Services for the Southeast United States: Conservation and Restoration Priorities for Water Purification. Retrieved from https://hdl.handle.net/10161/26637.

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Katie Warnell

Senior Policy Associate

Katie Warnell is a senior policy associate for the Ecosystem Services Program. She is a graduate of Duke University’s Master of Environment Management program with a concentration in ecosystem science and conservation and was awarded a geospatial analysis certificate. She has served as an intern at the Triangle Land Conservancy and as a research tech with the Duke University Superfund Research Center. She has conducted research on South Africa’s bats with the Organization for Tropical Studies and was involved in a DukeEngage project on fish farming in Ecuador.


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