The health of mountain communities is closely tied to their surrounding natural resources, which often drives their economies. Although both extractive and non-extractive industries impact the local economy by providing jobs and bringing money into relatively remote towns, their relationship is often in conflict. Tourism, for example, can be negatively impacted by extractive industries if not properly monitored and managed. Therefore, it is critical to understand the relationship between the local economy and the surrounding natural resources. We are eximining techniques that use ecological and socio-economic metrics to benchmark mountain ecosystems thereby establishing baselines for decision-making. So far we have examined four metrics—net primary productivity, winter precipitation, per capita income, and population—as proxies for monitoring important socio-ecological conditions. You can explore these metrics using the map below.
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