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


UN recognition for disaster resilience apps

Esri Global Disaster Resilience App Challenge winners were announced at the 2014 UN Climate Summit. The Nature Conservancy, in collaboration with NatCap, the University of Southern Mississippi, and the U.S. Geological Survey, won the Professional/Scientific category for the Coastal Defence app. NatCap's Coastal Protection Model was a basis for the app.

Read the press release from the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction
Learn more about the Coastal Defence app


WLE Innovation Fund Awardees Announced

The CGIAR Research Program on Water, Land and Ecosystems has announced the three recipients of it's Innovation Fund. NatCap will be working with Bioversity International and partners to improve local NGO's capacity to target agricultural innovation and ecosystem service management in the Northern Volta.

Read the press release from WLE


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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