InVEST output map of the Amazon basin

Natural Capital = Earth's lands, waters and their biodiversity

Ecosystem Services = The stream of vital benefits flowing from natural capital to people

InVEST is the leading tool for incorporating natural capital into decisions



NatCap launched InVEST 3.0!

InVEST 3.0.0 is the first version of InVEST with standalone versions for all but one of our 16 ecosystem service models and analysis tools. This major milestone lowers a number of critical barriers to using InVEST. The standalone tools contain major performance updates, some science updates, and a host of additional usability features not found in the old ArcGIS based versions.

Download InVEST 3.0.0


Diversified farming practices might preserve evolutionary diversity of wildlife, say Stanford and Berkeley biologists

A new study co-authored by NatCap's Daniel Karp and Gretchen Daily finds that diversified agricultural practices may help to preserve evolutionarily distinct species.

Read the article in Stanford Report.
Read the study published in Science.


Stanford research links malnutrition and pollination

NatCap researchers discover micronutrient deficiencies are three times as likely to occur in areas dependent upon pollinating insects.

Read the article in Stanford Report.
Read the study in Proceedings of the Royal Society B.


A New Tool for Watershed Services

NatCap's newest software, Resource Investment Optimization System (RIOS), is a free and open source software tool that supports the design of cost-effective investments in watershed services. RIOS provides a standardized, science-based approach to watershed management. It combines biophysical, social, and economic data to help users identify the best locations for protection and restoration activities in order to maximize the ecological return on investment, within the bounds of what is socially and politically feasible.

Learn more about RIOS and download the tool


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