We use novel methods to generate information on the character of outdoor recreational use, in order to illuminate ways that well-managed, maintained, and accessible open spaces offer unique and critical places to recreate. Our research addresses topics such as:
What are the physical, social, and economic benefits of outdoor activities such as excercise, socializing, and experiencing nature?
How do built and natural environments enhance recreational opportunities and benefits?
Who is most affected by potential changes in access or management of public lands?
What technical innovations and novel data are necessary to map and measure recreational use at finer spatial and temporal scales?
What software and tools do practitioners need to make better and more coordinated decisions?
Our research is co-produced with governments and community organizations. We focus on ways to mix big digital data streams with traditional data sources, to inform policy and management questions that are often too short to wait for new data collection.