Tool Assessor - List of Tools



ARIES (ARtificial Intelligence for Ecosystem Services) is a networked collaborative software designed for rapid ecosystem service assessment and valuation. It gives equal emphasis to supply, demand and flow to quantify actual service provision and use by society (as opposed to quantifying potential service benefits). It aims to provide a suite of models that support science-based decision-making. 

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BeST (Benefits of SuDS Tool)

BeST (Benefits of SuDS Tool) helps practitioners estimate the impacts and benefits of Sustainable Urban Drainage Systems (SuDS). It uses ecosystem services to understand the overall benefits that SuDS provide over conventional piped drainage, and estimates the economic value of the benefits. 

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Co$ting Nature

Co$ting Nature is a web based policy-support tool for natural capital accounting and analysis of ecosystem services provided by natural environments. It identifies the beneficiaries of these ecosystem services and assesses the impacts of human interventions.

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EcoServ-GIS is a Geographic Information System (GIS) toolkit for mapping ecosystem services at a county or regional scale. It uses input GIS/map data to generate fine-scale maps that illustrate human need or demand for ecosystem services as well as the capacity of the natural environment to provide them. 

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Green Infrastructure Valuation Toolkit

The Green Infrastructure Valuation toolkit provides a set of calculator tools to assess the value of a green asset or a proposed green investment. Where possible, the benefits of green infrastructure (GI) are given an economic value. Other quantitative (e.g. number of jobs) and qualitative (e.g. links to case studies or research) contributions can also be provided to give a complete view of the value of an asset. 

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i-Tree Eco

i-Tree Eco is a software application designed for urban forest assessment. It uses field data from complete inventories or randomly located plots, along with hourly air pollution and meteorological data. It quantifies the structure and environmental effects of urban forests (or trees) and calculates their value to communities. 

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InVEST is a suite of open-source software models for mapping and valuing ecosystem services provided by land and seascapes. It uses data about the environment to explore how changes in ecosystems are likely to affect the flow of benefits to people. It is designed to inform decisions about natural resource management. 

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Viridian is a GIS tool that models (sub-)catchments to show (1) which parts of the landscape are working hardest to provide the specific benefits needed locally; then (2) identifies which habitats to create and where to create them to produce the greatest improvements in service provision at the least cost.  With datasets loaded and ready to run, it is quick to use for valuation studies or for maximising return on investment when designing a nature-based solution. 

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LUCI (Land Utilisation and Capability Indicator) explores the capability of a landscape to provide ecosystem services. It uses map data to look at how the landscape is being used and the services that are currently being provided, and compares these to an estimate of the landscapes potential to provide services. This is used to identify areas where change may be beneficial, or where existing landscape features should be preserved. 

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Natural Capital Planning Tool 

The Natural Capital Planning Tool (NCPT) allows for an indicative assessment of ecosystem services over 25 years. The user inputs data about a development site and the tool calculates an Ecosystem Service Impact Score; and a Development Impact Score (overall effect of the proposed development on all ecosystem services). 

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Participatory GIS tool

The PGIS tool is an interactive website that the public can use to record their perceptions about the natural environment of the Morecambe Bay area. It captures simple information about the user and seeks to identify the locations where people experience cultural ecosystem services, and ascertain why they are important or valuable. 

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SENCE (Spatial Evidence for Natural Capital Evaluation) provides information to support evidence based decision-making on ecosystem services. It is based on the idea that any area of land is capable of contributing to one or more ecosystem services. That capability is based on factors including habitat, soil and geology, landform and hydrology, how land is managed and how it is culturally understood. 

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