Solving-FCB Q1 ’24 Case Study Update

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On the 6th of February, 2024, many project members met on Zoom to catch up and share our activities since the last meeting. These are updates from each of the case studies.

Canada Case Study

  • The Canada Case Study continues to progress initial work, and it is currently recruiting students.
  • There are potential plans to extend the research findings to other Indigenous groups in British Columbia and globally.

Costa Rica Case Study:

  • The University of Costa Rica has approved the project, providing funding for salaries.
  • A new student has joined the team, focusing primarily on water quality modeling and scenario development aligned with project goals.
  • The team has actively engaged in outreach activities.

Additional projects:

  • A master’s student is working on a model for Artificial General Intelligence (AGI) growth in the Gulf of Nicoya.
  • Tayler Clarke is analyzing remotely sensed temperature and productivity data to detect trends and changes in the Gulf since the 1980s.
  • Astrid Sánchez has drafted a research paper, contributing to the project’s progress, with a focus on sociology topics.

Africa Case Study

  • Work continues, focusing on Ghana and Nigeria.
  • A new PhD student, Venolia, will be starting with the project shortly.
  • Additionally, they have brought Margaret on board because there are two institutions involved in Ghana, including GIMPA.
  • The plan was to hold an inception meeting followed by a stakeholder co-creation workshop, but they are currently awaiting ethics approval.

China Case Study

  • Daniel (Yue Liu) prepared a presentation titled the “Developing Agriculture for Food Climate Mitigation and Biodiversity.”
  • The research aims for the Chinese case study have been refined.
    • The first aim involves modeling the potential of global soil carbon sequestration, focusing on spatial expansion.
    • The second aim centers around modeling the interaction between global soil carbon sequestration and climate change, considering both mitigation and adaptation in farming practices.
    • The third aim is to provide scientific evidence regarding the impact of soil carbon sequestration on local biodiversity, using the Edna method.
  • They have recently completed a new paper titled “Achieving Environmental Goals by Forming Series on Ignorable Challenges by Ocean Warming.”
  • The second paper focuses on field monitoring of biodiversity factors in Seaweed Farming. It presents a comprehensive raw fish belt diversity dataset with an appropriate experimental design. 
  • Additionally, they have developed a new EDA preprocessing pipeline software.
  • Conclusions drawn from their work indicate significant potential for ecosystem services provision through the expansion of soil carbon sequestration. However, ocean warming may reduce suitable farming areas at lower latitudes while expanding them at higher latitudes. They are also considering an experimental design.
  • Another project involves Collaborative Research on Agriculture Consequences in Ghana, led by Dr. Ling Cao; Dr. Berchie Asiedu from the University of Ghana is part of this project. The project’s title is “Assessing the Potential Ecological Consequences of Agriculture on Lake Water and its Implications for the Livelihoods of Local Communities.”
  • Rashid Sumaila proposed that China write a paper discussing their learnings—what works versus what doesn’t.
    • Daniel agrees and will check with Ling Cao regarding this proposal.

Netherlands Case Study

  • In the Netherlands, they have successfully navigated all administrative matters and are currently hiring a student.
  • This student will be traveling to UBC, where they will develop a plan and initiate work on various scenarios.
  • Additionally, they are organizing a workshop focused on modeling.
  • From a qualitative method perspective, the key update is that they have Andrea, their postdoc, who will ensure that everything proceeds coherently and seamlessly.
  • They emphasized the importance of appointing a contact person for each of the case studies related to scenario development, allowing for efficient communication and coordination.
  • Senna, currently in the field in Benin, is actively contributing to an in-depth case study on mangroves.
  • They have already met Andrea, the postdoc, and are working on refining the methodology details, particularly related to dates.
  • Their case studies include one from Benin, focusing on indigenous and local knowledge in the mangrove ecosystem within the biosphere reserve, and another from Costa Rica, with assistance from Andrea.