Utilization of the InVEST modeling suite to quantify multiple ecosystem services in the prairie pothole region of the United States

In response to the need to quantify ecosystem services influenced by federal restoration programs in the PPR, we conducted an extensive survey of restored wetlands and adjacent uplands in 1997 and 2004.  These initial surveys provided basic quantitative relationships and point-in-time estimates of ecosystem services derived from Interior and USDA conservation programs.  Largely a result of the success of this preliminary work, the USGS initiated its Integrated Landscape Modeling (ILM) Science Thrust in 2006. The ILM Science Thrust included a pilot project in the prairie pothole region of the northern Great Plains (ILM—Prairie Pilot). The ILM—Prairie Pilot explored the feasibility of creating an integrated landscape model that would facilitate the simultaneous evaluation of multiple ecosystem services for the region. The ILM—Prairie Pilot focused on incorporating natural climatic variation into forecasting models that accounted for variations in agricultural practices and conservation programs within the PPR. In this task, we will incorporate the findings and basic model algorithms from these earlier efforts into a modeling suite, INVEST (Integrated Valuation of Ecosystem Services and Tradeoffs) that will allow for their efficient use in quantifying and mapping multiple ecosystem services.  INVEST is a suite of GIS tools being developed by the Natural Capital Project that allows for the quantification and mapping of multiple services provided by ecosystems under various land-use/ land-change scenarios. 

Principal Investigator(s):

David M Mushet

Project Status:

In Progress


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