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InVEST Virtual Workshops

Customizable Crash Courses

Looking to learn more about InVEST in a small group, hands-on setting? We’ve created virtual, customizable Crash Courses. The courses are designed for attendees that have some GIS experience; familiarity with InVEST is desirable, but not required. They are 3-hour, live trainings divided across 2 days. Participants receive a certificate of participation on completion of the course.

If you’re interested in holding a Crash Course for your organization, please reach out to us at for pricing and availability.

Summer Series 2020

In this series, 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

The course is designed for practitioners familiar with ecosystem services and spatial analysis who want to learn about incorporating InVEST modeling into their own work. All workshops were recorded and are available below

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.


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.

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.

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.

Workshop Slides