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InVEST Virtual Workshops

Crash Course: InVEST Carbon Storage and Sequestration Model

Please join us for a 2-day, virtual training course on the InVEST Carbon Storage and Sequestration Model from the Natural Capital Project. The training will take place on:

Tuesday, May 4, 2021, from 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm (Pacific Time)
Tuesday, May 11, 2021, from 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm (Pacific Time)

The course is designed for students and analysts looking for a hands-on introduction to the InVEST Carbon Storage and Sequestration model. Training and class materials will be in English. Attendees should have some experience with GIS. Familiarity with InVEST models is desirable, but not required (we will include a basic introduction to the InVEST model suite as a review).

The InVEST Carbon model is a 4 hour, live training divided across 2 days. Participants will receive a certificate of participation on completion of the course.

On Day 1, the course instructor will give an in-depth conceptual introduction to the model; the instructor and attendees will explore sample inputs to the model in QGIS or ArcGIS; and attendees will break into teams to work on supplied homework assignments together.

On Day 2, we’ll unpack results of the model from sample data and review the homework assignments. Attendees will have an opportunity to use the InVEST Carbon and Sequestration model to explore implications of plausible future land use scenarios. 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.

    Next Steps
  • Recommend installment of InVEST and QGIS before class.
  • Students will need a computer to access the Zoom class meeting (access via iPads is not recommended).
  • The course fee is $200 (USD). Unfortunately, we cannot offer any discounts or refunds for this course.
  • We will cap the course at a max of 20-30 learners; first-come, first-served.

Download InVEST

Take our free online course, Introduction to the Natural Capital Project Approach.

Registration for the crash course closes 4/29/21 at 5 pm (PT).



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:
  • 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


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.