CO2 Neutral Landscapes: Exploring Carbon Futures for Costa Rica’s Metropolitan Region

Location |    Costa Rica

Date |    2009

Description |    Designed and developed a decision-support tool to help authorities and policy analysts of Costa Rica pursue the country’s goal to become the first carbon neutral country of the world. The research investigates spatially explicit carbon balances from different sources by using a landscape system approach that establishes multi sector relationships among transportation, land use change, environmental systems and energy demand. Key methods were combined to achieve robust statistical and spatial simulation analysis and online geovisualizations. As a policy and planning tool it makes possible the understanding of trends, restrictions, and investments that guide urban development and change in the capital city’s metropolitan region.