In this video, Barbara Percy, a software developer at the IEA, provides a behind the scenes glimpse of the benefit wheel, an online visualisation tool
The Benefits Of Urban Nature To You (BOUNTY) was a visualisation project which aimed to improve decision making surrounding proposed, neighbourhood improvement projects. In this video, Barbara Percy, a software developer at the IEA, provides a behind the scenes glimpse of the benefit wheel, an online visualisation tool, she created for this project. The benefit wheel provides a simple way to help users identify a series of indicators that can affect and be affected by potential improvements or developments that might benefit communities, at very local level.
Accessible, inclusive visualisations were crucial to enable residents, local authority officers, developers and policy makers to work together on a level playing field. The aim was to facilitate the funding, adoption and sustainability of projects in a cost-effective and efficient way.
The wheel characterises the social, cultural, environmental and economic benefits provided by natural capital and gives a visual estimation of the difference, improvements to the environmental assets could make, including: footfall in retail areas, increased property values, reduction in flood risk and alleviating local climate change impacts.
You can find out more about this project on the IEA website
The benefit wheel already includes air quality, flood risk, cultural activity and average house price. What other parameters do you think could be added? Share your thoughts in the comments area below.