College of Food, Ag & Nat Res Sci
The Natural Capital Project maps and values ecosystem services (the contributions of nature to human well-being) and works to integrate these values into public and private decision-making. This group is an interdisciplinary team that incorporates methods from ecology, economics, geography, hydrology, and other fields. They developed the Integrated Valuation of Ecosystem Services and Tradeoffs (InVEST) model that allows for spatially explicit modeling of multiple ecosystem services under a range of different scenarios. More recently they have incorporated an optimization routine that solves for the optimal land-use and land- management pattern given an objective function for the value of various ecosystem services. They have applied InVEST and other spatially explicit models to a range of questions and performed analyses from the local to the global scale.