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InVEST Virtual Workshops

Virtual Crash Course: Habitat Quality Model

November 16 & 19, 2020


Looking to learn more about InVEST in a small group, hands-on setting? We've created Virtual Crash Courses. Our first one will focus on InVEST’s Habitat Quality Model and we will cap the course at 30 learners; first-come, first-served.

The course is designed for attendees that have some GIS experience; familiarity with InVEST is desirable, but not required. It is a 3-hour, live training divided across 2 days. Participants will receive a certificate of participation on completion of the course.

Day 1: We’ll walk-through the Habitat Quality model, our instructor will unpack the inputs of the model in QGIS or ArcGIS using sample data with a live demo and introduce the homework. The group will break into teams to work on the assignments.

Day 2: We’ll unpack the results and review the homework. Students will play with recalibrating the models by changing the table input values. The teams will share results and collectively troubleshoot any issues. Our goal is for students to be able to run the model and interpret results by the end of the training.

The training will take place on:

  • Monday, November 16, 2020 from 10:00 am - 11:30 am (Pacific Time)
  • Thursday, November 19, 2020 from 10:00 am - 11:30 am (Pacific Time)


The course fee is $155 (USD). Unfortunately we cannot offer any discounts or refunds for this course. The course link and a sample data packet will be sent following confirmation of payment.

  • Required in advance:
  • Download InVEST


Summer Series 2020

In this series of virtual workshops, NatCap experts provide a tailored learning experience for participants to explore the InVEST (Integrated Valuation of Ecosystem Services and Tradeoffs) software suite. Workshops feature deep dives into different InVEST models, highlight real-world case studies, and demonstrate how the models and cases link back to the Natural Capital Project’s overall ecosystem services analysis approach. Students are encouraged to share questions with the trainers in advance of the workshops and bring their own experiences to the virtual classroom.

We have designed the course for practitioners already familiar with ecosystem services and spatial analysis who want to learn about incorporating InVEST modeling into their own work. All workshop videos will be recorded and made available on this webpage.

The series is designed to build upon the foundation introduced in the first workshop, but we welcome students to participate in the workshops that best suit their needs.

Student Requirements & Next Steps

  • Required in advance:
  • Register below (you must register individually for each)
  • Download InVEST
  • Familiarity with ecosystems services and spatial analysis


Intro to InVEST

We'll lay a foundation in the Natural Capital Project Approach and the InVEST software suite. Then, we'll dive deeper to explore a few different models by connecting them to real-world case studies.

Training Team:
Jesse Goldstein
Ginger Kowal
Charlotte Weil
Stacie Wolny

Workshop Slides

Freshwater Quality Model

Participants will receive an in-depth introduction to the Sediment Delivery Ratio (SDR) and Nutrient Delivery Ratio (NDR) InVEST models. We'll hear tips for assembling model inputs, interpreting model outputs, and troubleshooting common issues. We'll use a case study to demonstrate the types of ecosystem services assessment that the models can equip analysts to tackle. Please download and review the workshop data packet before the workshop.

Training Team:
Jesse Goldstein
Ginger Kowal Stacie Wolny

Workshop Slides

Urban InVEST: Modeling ecosystem services in cities

In this workshop, we'll explore the InVEST urban models that map, measure, and value the benefits of incorporating nature into urban design as we strive for sustainable and livable cities. We will share how Urban InVEST can be applied, present newly-available models, and explore one model, Urban Cooling, in more detail. Please download and review the workshop data packet before the workshop.

Training Team:
Christopher Nootenboom, Roy Remme

Workshop Slides