Shortly, it is Better-Software & Cheaper-Hardware, for environmental planning.
It will make it cheaper to apply the best methods for environmental impact assessments or smart-agriculture (e.g., from 2D GIS to 4D complex systems sim.).
But more importantly, it will make it easier to report and credit people/actions which actually improve ecosystems function (e.g., Co2 Sequestration).
As Greta and George remind us, it will help make sure, from now on, that more than ~2% of funds meant to solve the climate crises, actually fund natural solutions (not technocratic pet-projects).
Surely, he would leverage state-of-the-art technologies to bring ecosystem science to a level where it helps us navigate out of our environmental dilemmas. For example advance his typology of plant species written in paper; towards a dynamic morphological/functional database and simulation system; one which could be both validated and simulated real-time and in-situ on a phone vis-a-vis a network of systems. Thus Linneaus4D aims to honor the tradition of people like Linne; by continuing to do the work to improve the systemacity, accessibility, quality, and application of environmental science ( specifically regarding the functional dynamics of ecosystems). However we do this with 21st century tools; tools like machine learning, robotics, complexity science, etc. And for 21st Century applications, like mitigating the risk of climate change, helping people adapt to extreme events, help optimize natural resource use, help support ecosystems, help reduce species loss, help remediate pollution, etc.
Linnaeus4D, is needed because current processes/products were predictably and remain too expensive, slow, compartmentalized and ad-hoc, i.e., 'too slow to help people in the ground understand and respond at the scale needed...and only as good as the agency/people that produced them says they are' (UNESCO WSSR 2010, 2013). In this regard and seeing "Science as a Service" in the “linking (of) knowledge to action” the International Council of Science Identified "Five Grand Challenges" (See figure, based on Asrar 2013).Yet while the challenge/features for any viable solution have been clear; allot of valuable time & resources have been waisted in false-solutions or at best reduntant activities. Services, projects and schemes which have not just ignored Ecological Crises/Systems, but whose implementations has caused serious damage. In 2019, ahead of the IPCC worst-case-scenario, its inescapably clear that: "Most climate scientists agree that it is now too late to prevent 1.5C or more of global heating only by cutting our production of greenhouse gases. Even if we reduced our emissions to zero tomorrow, we would probably overshoot this crucial temperature limit. To prevent a full-spectrum catastrophe, we need not only to decarbonise our economy in the shortest possible time, but also to draw down carbon dioxide that has already been released......But How? ...there is a much better and cheaper way of drawing carbon from the air (than any Technical or Social Solution). Natural climate solutions do it through the restoration of living systems. The greatest potential identified so far – as so much land can be used this way – is in protecting and restoring natural forests and allowing native trees to repopulate deforested land...They could help to solve two existential problems at once: climate breakdown and ecological breakdown." - George Monbiot 2019
“Nature is essential to human wellbeing and development. We found that declines in biodiversity and ecosystem services will undermine our ability to meet 35 of the 44 Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) targets related to poverty, hunger, health, water, cities, climate, oceans, life on land" Belinda Reyers c.f. Stockhom Resilience Center 2019.
Something worth noting, which was very clear after decades of failures and scandals of "Development Aid Projects" for "MDGs" by 2000. As Robertson 2000 stated: "producing food while maintaining biodiversity and ecosystem function is one of the greatest challenges facing the Earth’s human population today."