I’m hoping to use the INVEST tool to model data for my Masters thesis, looking at the public use patterns of various urban green spaces in Beijing, China.
I know that the Visitation and Recreation model is based on user generated data from Flickr, however this website is among several social media platforms that is currently banned in China (or only accessible by those of the population with access to a VPN)
Is there any possibility of still being able to use this model in the Chinese context? For example, drawing on Weibo data? I know that one of the major partners of NatCap is the Chinese Academy of Sciences, so maybe they have sourced an alternate data source for this part of the INVEST suite?