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EEI SEMINAR: “Using social media data to uncover cultural ecosystem service hotspots in the metropolitan area of Cali, Colombia” by Emmanuel Zapata-Caldas

Date: 2018-12-19

EEI SEMINAR: “Using social media data to uncover cultural ecosystem service hotspots in the metropolitan area of Cali, Colombia”

Speaker: Emmanuel Zapata-Caldas
Moderator: Francesc Baró

Day: Wednesday, 19 December 2018
Time: 12.30h
Room: Z/023

In Colombia, metropolitan limits are usually set using only urban-functional criteria (e.g. urban centers’ spatial contiguity and commuting associated to supply and demand of housing, health, employment and study options). In this study, the “metropolitan area of Cali” is understood as a social-ecological system (SES) and its boundaries have been defined based on both urban-functional and biophysical (watersheds) criteria. With the aim of highlighting the value of urban and peri-urban green areas in the provision of cultural ecosystem services (CES) within the SES, a spatial analysis was carried out to understand how CES capacity and flow assessments are complementary in identifying CES hotspots.

Social media data (SMD)—geo-tagged photographs from the social media platform Flickr— were used to reveal CES flow hotspots within land covers associated with urban areas. In so doing, it was possible to generate scientific evidence to support the need to conserve and expand urban green spaces in Cali. These findings will inform policy-making toward prioritizing urban green areas and investing resources in re-naturing the urban environment.  

​Emmanuel Zapata-Caldas is a geographer from the Universidad del Valle, Colombia. He holds a master’s degree in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) from the University of Salzburg and is currently a PhD candidate in Environmental Sciences from the Universidad del Valle. He is a visiting fellow in the LASEG group of ICTA-UAB (July 2018 to January 2019) and has been working on mapping the flow of cultural ecosystem services in Santiago de Cali, Colombia, through social media data analysis, as a complement to his previous work in mapping ecosystem services capacity based on expert knowledge in the same area. In order to achieve this goal, Emmanuel has been collaborating with Francesc Baró, Johannes Langemeyer and Fulvia Calcagni.

His PhD thesis is related to environmental planning in the context of metropolitan areas, specifically, that of Santiago de Cali. He is interested in topics such as environmental planning, ecosystem services, conservation of biodiversity, adapting agriculture to climate change and building capacity at the grassroots level.


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