A number of tools that support decision-making related to ecosystem services are described below. The Tool Assessor pages on this site contain details of other tools that link the environment and society.


The Saltmarsh App

CBESS researchers developed the Saltmarsh App to enable interested individuals and groups to investigate the salt marshes which surround our coast. Once you download the free, mobile app, you can carry out an interactive plant and soil survey.  Every marsh survey uploaded will help researchers at School of Ocean Sciences, Bangor University learn more about UK saltmarsh soils and how they are helping fight climate change.



The Saltmarsh Carbon Stock Predictor

The Saltmarsh Carbon Stock Predictor is a free tool for organisations and individuals interested in predicting and GIS-mapping carbon stock in Welsh and English saltmarshes. All you need is simple information on vegetation type, or vegetation and soil type.  The user manual provides more information about the evidence underpinning the tool and the Saltmarsh App.  Detailed maps of predicted carbon storage in Welsh saltmarshes are also available from the team. The development of the tool was informed by collaboration with Natural Resources Wales. 



Biodiversity module of the Cool Farm Tool

The Cool Farm Tool is an online greenhouse gas and biodiversity calculator for farmers. The biodiversity metric of the Cool Farm Tool helps growers to make more informed decisions when supporting biodiversity and ecosystem services at a farm scale. The tool is free to growers, simple to use and evidence based. The Cool Farm Alliance includes a wide range of multinational food suppliers and manufacturers and this approach can be scaled up to their supply chains.



ESI-SIT Ecosystem Service Interactions - Spatial Interactive Tool

ESI-SIT is a web-based decision support tool for visualising how ecosystem services may change across the landscape in response to changes in landscape management. Two versions of ESI-SIT have been developed to date, one for the Humberhead Levels Nature Improvement Area, and one for the Tees Valley.  It is based on open-source data, has no licensing restrictions and is free to use. ESI-SIT was developed by researchers at the University of York, as part of a project funded by Defra, with additional support from the BESS programme.  



Natural Capital Assessment Gateway

This Gateway is an evolution of the Ecosystem Service Mapping Gateway, developed by the BESS Directorate, with funding from Natural England. It brings together information on the growing number of projects concerned with mapping and assessing ecosystem service delivery at the landscape level. It provides an interactive, searchable, map-based facility to explore the wealth of projects that are currently being conducted in this field.



Ecosystem Services Transfer Toolkit and Evidence Review Factsheets

The Ecosystem Services Transfer Toolkit is a literature review of the effect of land management actions on the provision of ecosystem services. The Toolkit is in the form of an Excel spreadsheet, which can be searched and queried to find evidence of the effects of specific land management actions on ecosystem services provided by upland, freshwater, urban, lowland agriculture and coastal and marine habitats. It also assesses how transferable the effect of a land management action on ecosystem services may be, if done in a different place. The Managing Ecosystem Services Evidence Review Factsheets summarise the evidence for changes in ecosystem service provision from a land management action in a broad habitat type, for example, increasing trees and woodlands in urban areas.

The Ecosystem Services Transfer Toolkit and Managing Ecosystem Services Evidence Review were co‐developed by the University of York and Natural England, with additional support from BESS.





These pages contain the archive of the NERC Biodiversity and Ecosystem Service Sustainability (BESS) programme