Natural Asset Health
Natural assets are now being framed from the perspective of the social, environmental as well as economic benefits that flow from them. Changes in the health of these assets can be tracked in relation to management and land use practices.
Natural assets are underpinned by ecosystem services such as nutrient recycling, carbon sequestration, pollination and water purification that are vital for crop yields, flood control and disease control. The health of your natural assets is a manifestation of the resilience of your land and how well it is performing and will determine the valuation of your land in the emerging markets for carbon and ecosystem services.
At Downforce Technologies, we generate high resolution analytics of natural assets through time, to be able to monitor trends in health and performance, calculate the potential of land to deliver ecosystems services, identify responses to changes in management practices and evaluate risks to extreme weather events based on measures of resilience.
Healthy soils are characterized as having stable or increasing levels of soil organic matter, sustained storage of organic carbon, high levels of soil biodiversity and a physical structure that lowers the risk of erosion or flooding.
Soils also support key ecological functions such as carbon sequestration, nutrient cycling, microbial and mycorrhizal growth, water infiltration and storage, above ground evapo-transpiration, pest suppression, and ultimately, resilience to stress.
Downforce Technologies integrates historical and current information and data to create a suite of soil health measures and indicators for your land. Our current focus is on providing accurate measures of soil organic carbon and the potential of your land to sequester carbon.
Biodiversity is a key indicator of the health and potential value of the living component of your natural assets such as the successful pollination of a crop by a specific insect and the extent to which your land sequesters carbon or retains water within a catchment. It includes the diversity of all living organisms at genetic, species and ecosystem levels and the vast and complex interactions that exist between the living and non-living assets of your land.
Vegetation composition, diversity and complexity are strongly dependent on climate, plant physiognomy, structure, depth and fertility of local soils, the below ground root-type adaptation and nutrient uptake, topography and landform features, landscape age, hydrology, drought and fire cycles, biotic invasions, management practices and disturbance.
Downforce Technologies integrates historical and current information and data to create a suite of biodiversity measures and indicators for your land. Our current focus is on providing accurate measures of vegetation structure and cover, above ground carbon and biomass for your land.
Water is a fundamental component of the health of your land and other natural assets. Hydrological conditions such as precipitation, water availability and drought create landscape-scale and local water gradients profoundly influence surface water movement, soil moisture, groundwater accumulation and the extent of different ecosystems. The complexity of the hydrological system also means that local variations in water regimes – duration, season, extent of inundation and waterlogging and evapo-transpiration – need to be measured and modelled to determine the “water health” of your land.
Downforce Technologies uses its proprietary high resolution, spatially dynamic water catchment model to examine water flows in the catchment where your land is located, flows across your land and the effects of vegetation and soils. Our current focus is on providing accurate measures of water flows, soil moisture and risk of erosion for your land.