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ARIES (ARtificial Intelligence for Environment & Sustainability) is a collaborative and open-source platform for interoperable models and data, based on the Knowledge Laboratory (k.LAB) technology: an AI-powered and digital software for rapid ecosystem service assessment and valuation. It gives equal emphasis to ecosystem service supply, demand and flow in order to quantify actual service provision and use by society (as opposed to quantifying potential service benefits).
B£ST (Benefits EStimation Tool)
B£ST (Benefits EStimation Tool) is an Excel spreadsheet tool which provides guidance to estimate the monetary benefits of Blue Green Infrastructure (BGI), including Sustainable Drainage Systems (SuDS) and Natural Flood Management (NFM), without the need for specialist economic input. Estimates are based on the performance of the whole system rather than individual components.
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.
Greenkeeper is an online tool, developed to support investors and managers of urban greenspace. It uses big data and research, to model the environmental, economic and social value of green infrastructure, enabling the user to identify the complete value of a single green space or compare it with other similarly sized/local spaces.
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.
i-Tree Eco is a software application designed for urban forest assessment. It uses field data from complete inventories or randomly located sample plots, along with hourly air pollution and meteorological data. It quantifies the structure and environmental effects of urban forests (for trees and shrubs) and calculates their value to communities.
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.
NEVO (Natural Environment Valuation Online tool)
NEVO is a freely accessible online tool that allows users to select an area anywhere in England or Wales, from the scale of a county or catchment down to a 2km grid cell, and then view estimates of the value of that area for delivering a range of ecosystem services (agricultural production, timber production, greenhouse gas emissions, recreation, water quantity and water quality) and its value for biodiversity (estimated number of species present).
ORVal (Outdoor Recreation Valuation Tool)
ORVal is a freely accessible web-based tool that predicts the number of visits to existing and new greenspaces in England, and estimates the welfare value of those visits in monetary terms. It is based on an econometric model of recreational demand derived from MENE data.
Pollution Removal by Vegetation
This tool allows users to explore the change in value resulting from new woodland planting, or removal of existing woodland, and its ability to remove PM2.5 pollution. The tool is based on new modelling by the UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology (UKCEH) and Economics for the environment consultancy (eftec).
SENCE (Spatial Evidence for Natural Capital Evaluation) underpins evidence-based decision-making on natural capital and ecosystem services in a spatial context through maps, diagrams and reports. It is based on the concept that the capability of an area of land to deliver generate ecosystem services depends on factors including habitat, soil and geology, landform and hydrology, how land is managed and how it is culturally understood.
TESSA (Toolkit for Ecosystem Service Site-based Assessment) is an easy-to-use workbook that leads the user through the steps needed to assess the ecosystem services provided at a particular site. It was initially developed for conservation practitioners but can be used by anyone, including those with no prior knowledge of ecosystem services. Worked examples are provided, as well as instructions for collecting site-specific data where appropriate (including field surveys and stakeholder input).
HydroloGIS is a GIS tool from Viridian Logic that models (sub-) catchments to (1) show which parts of the landscape are working hardest to provide the specific benefits needed locally; then (2) identify which habitats to create and where to create them to produce the greatest improvements in service provision at the least cost. It is quick to use for valuation studies or for maximising return on investment when designing a nature-based solution.