Ecosystem Services Portal

Ecosystem Services Assessment Portal

USDA Ecosystem Services Assessment Portal

Welcome to the USDA Ecosystem Services Assessment Portal, a collection of links to guides, databases, online tools, and downloadable software to help users identify, quantify, and value ecosystem services.

 

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Titlesort descending Description Sponsorship Ecosystem Services Theme Matrix
A decision framework for identifying models to estimate ecosystem services gains from restoration This report describes key characteristics of 13 tools that help to valuate ecosystem services. Federal General General Guidance
AGricultural Non-Point Source (AGNPS) AGNPS is watershed model developed by the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service that helps users to calculate changes in water and soil quality, outputting estimates of nitrogen, phosphorus, organic carbon, and several pesticides. In addition, the model calculates water and sediment yield by particle size class and source. Federal Provisioning services, Regulating and supporting services Water, Habitat Assessment
AgWa (Automated Geospatial Watershed Assessment) AGWA is a GIS-based hydrologic modeling tool that estimates the hydrologic impacts of land-use change at the watershed scale. It is useful for estimating water runoff and erosion estimates. Federal Provisioning services, Regulating and supporting services Water Assessment
Air Air is an application developed by the USFS that helps air resource managers analyze the effects of air pollution to resources managed by the Forest Service. Federal Regulating and supporting services Health Mapping
Aquarius Aquarius is a downloadable model developed by the USFS Rocky Mountain Research Station that can assist users in estimating ecosystem service values associated with water provision. Federal Provisioning services, Regulating and supporting services Water Assessment
AQUATOX AQUATOX is a simulation model for aquatic systems. AQUATOX predicts the fate of various pollutants, such as nutrients and organic chemicals, and their effects on the ecosystem, including fish, invertebrates, and aquatic plants. Federal Provisioning services, Regulating and supporting services Water, Habitat Assessment
ArcGIS Online ArcGIS Online is a service that hosts geospatial data that can help users map project areas and environmental resources. Users may create an account and search for desired data hosted by governmental and non-governmental organizations in a search bar and add data layers to create new visualizations. Non-Governmental General General Mapping
ArcHSI ArcHSI is a downloadable software application that estimates the ability of an area to meet the food and cover requirements of an animal species. Federal Regulating and supporting services Habitat Assessment
BASINS (Better Assessment Science Integrating point & Non-point Sources) BASINS is a downloadable software application helpful for water quality modeling at the watershed scale. Federal Regulating and supporting services Water Assessment
Bureau of Land Management Guidance on Estimating Nonmarket Environmental Values (Attachment 1) This guidance describes when and how to use economic methods to estimate nonmarket environmental values when preparing National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) analyses for the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) resource management planning and other decision-making Federal General General Guidance
CASA Global CQUEST Viewer (Carbon Query and Evaluation Support Tools) The CASA Global CQUEST Viewer is an application developed by the NASA Ames Earth Science Division that allows users to query spatial carbon sequestration estimates across the world. Federal Regulating and supporting services Carbon Mapping
Causal Analysis/Diagnosis Decision Information System (CADDIS) CADDIS is a website that helps users identify causes of impairment of aquatic ecosystems. Federal General Water, Habitat, Risk Guidance
CCT (Carbon Calculation Tool 4.0) CCT is a downloadable application that allows users to generate state-level annualized estimates of carbon stocks of forest land based on USFS FIA data. Federal Regulating and supporting services Carbon Mapping
Climate Change Bird Atlas The Climate Change Bird Atlas provides current and predicted geographic distribution reports for various bird species. Federal Regulating and supporting services Habitat, Risk Mapping
Climate Change Tree Atlas The Climate Change Tree Atlas provides current and predicted geographic distribution reports for various tree species. Federal Regulating and supporting services Habitat, Risk Mapping
Climate Wizard The Climate Wizard allows users to query precipitation and temperature estimates for different climate change scenarios modeled by the International Panel on Climate Change. Non-Governmental Provisioning services, Regulating and supporting services Risk Mapping
COLE (Carbon Online Estimator) COLE is an online application that allows users to estimate the carbon stock of forests in a user-defined area in the continental U.S. Federal Regulating and supporting services Carbon Mapping
COMET Farm COMET Farm is a web-based tool that produces reports of estimated greenhouse gas emissions for different agricultural management activities. Federal Provisioning services, Regulating and supporting services Carbon Assessment
COMET Planner COMET Planner is a web-based tool developed by the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service that helps users to assess the comparative carbon sequestration services of different agricultural management decisions. Federal Regulating and supporting services Carbon Assessment
CTCC (CUFR Tree Carbon Calculator) The CUFR Tree Carbon Calculator (CTCC) is a spreadsheet application that provides quantitative data on carbon dioxide sequestration and building heating/cooling energy effects provided by individual trees. CTCC outputs can be used to estimate GHG (greenhouse gas) benefits for existing trees or to forecast future benefits. Federal Regulating and supporting services Carbon Assessment
CVal CVal is a spreadsheet tool developed by the USFS Forest Products Laboratory that allows users to estimate the costs and benefits of carbon sequestration contracts on forested land. Federal Provisioning services, Regulating and supporting services Carbon Assessment
Eco-Health Relationship Browser The Eco-Health Relationship browser allows users to see the link between different ecosystem services and public health impacts. Federal Cultural services, Regulating and supporting services Habitat Guidance
Economic Profile System The Economic Profile System is an online application that generates reports of data on various socioeconomic and demographic indicators for a geographic area. Federal, Non-Governmental General Cultural Mapping
ECOS ECOS is a collection of tools developed by the USFWS that allows users to identify endangered species, critical habitat, migratory birds, or other natural resources on a potential project site. Federal Regulating and supporting services Habitat Mapping
EcoService Models Library This website provides a catalog of tools and models that are filterable by a variety of attributes, including input and output variables. Federal Provisioning services, Cultural services, Regulating and supporting services, General General Guidance
Ecosystem Management Decision Support (EMDS) EMDS is a system of tools that allows users to input subjective knowledge in the face of uncertainty to model potential environmental outcomes via fuzzy math and logic models. Non-Governmental Provisioning services, Cultural services, Regulating and supporting services Risk, General Assessment
Ecosystem services assessment: How to do one in practice This document provides introductory information on how to conduct an ecosystem services assessment. Non-Governmental General General Guidance
Ecosystem Services Scenario Assessment using EPA H2O The software allows users to evaluate different scenarios' potential impacts within a watershed. Federal Provisioning services, Regulating and supporting services Water Assessment
Ecosystem Services Valuation Final Report to NOAA This report reviews scientific literature describing ecosystem services valuation methods, as well as extant federal guidance related to ecosystem services valuation. Federal General General Guidance
Ecosystem-Based Tools Network The Ecosystem-Based Tools Network provides a database of tools for ecosystem service valuation, resources on valuation methods, and projects as examples of ecosystem services assessments. Non-Governmental General General Guidance
Enviro-Atlas Interactive Map The EPA Enviro-Atlas hosts a suite of online tools to help users identify broad and fine-scale data that can help identify various ecosystem services for an area. Federal Provisioning services, Cultural services, Regulating and supporting services Water, Carbon, Habitat, Products, Cultural Mapping
EPA RPS (Recovery Potential Screening) This Recovery Potential Screening (RPS) website provides technical tools and methods to help users assess the likelihood of successful restoration projects among different watersheds. Federal Regulating and supporting services Water, Habitat Guidance
EPA Social Cost of Carbon Table This resource provides information on EPA's methods for estimating the monetary impacts associated with carbon emission and sequestion. Federal Regulating and supporting services Carbon Guidance
ESII Tool The ESII Tool is a mobile application and set of ecological and economic models that allows users to estimate more easily estimate ecosystem services using local data. Non-Governmental General General Mapping
ESR for IA (Ecosystem Services Review for Impact Assessment) ESR for IA is a method for prioritizing and assessing a project's impacts on ecosystem services. Non-Governmental General General Guidance
FASOM (FOrest and Agricultural Sector Optimization Model) FASOM is an optimization model that is written in the GAMS (General Algebraic Modeling System) modeling language that is useful in analyzing the welfare and market impacts of alternative environmental policies to mitigate climate change. Federal Provisioning services, Regulating and supporting services Carbon, Habitat, Products Assessment
Federal Land Manager Environmental Database (FED) The Federal Land Manager Environmental Database is a database of environmental data and an integrated suite of online resources to help users assess and analyze the air quality and visibility in Federally-protected lands. Federal Cultural services, Regulating and supporting services Health, Cultural Mapping
Federal Resource Management and Ecosystem Services Guidebook The Federal Resource Management and Ecosystem Services Guidebook offers information on best practices for incorporating ecosystem services in natural resource management. Non-Governmental General General Guidance
FIA DataMart The FIA DataMart provides access to raw Forest Inventory and Analysis data. FIA reports on status and trends in forest area and location; in the species, size, and health of trees; in total tree growth, mortality, and removals by harvest; in wood production and utilization rates by various products; and in forest land ownership. Federal Provisioning services, Cultural services, Regulating and supporting services Habitat, Products Mapping
FIDO (Forest Inventory Data Online) FIDO is an application that allows users to access the Forest Inventory and Analysis (FIA) databases and generate standard or custom reports. Federal Provisioning services, Cultural services, Regulating and supporting services Habitat, Products Mapping
Field Measurements for Forest Carbon Monitoring This report provides guidance on forest carbon dioxide measurement and monitoring. Federal Regulating and supporting services Carbon Guidance
Final Ecosystem Goods and Services Classification System (FEGS-CS) FEGS-CS is a system for classifying ecosystem services that can help users to identify multiple ecosystem services for particular ecosystem types. It is designed to help assessors minimize double-counting costs and benefits of different services. Federal General General Guidance
FishXing 3.0 FishXing 3.0 was developed by USFS to assist engineers, hydrologists, and fish biologists in the evaluation and design of culverts for fish passage. It is free and available for download. Federal Provisioning services, Regulating and supporting services Habitat Assessment
FORCARB2 FORCARB2, an updated version of the U.S. FORest CARBon Budget Model (FORCARB), produces estimates of carbon stocks and stock changes for forest ecosystems and forest products at 5-year intervals. Federal Provisioning services, Regulating and supporting services Carbon Assessment
Forecasts of Climate-Associated Shifts in Tree Species (ForeCASTS) ForeCASTS is a tool developed by the USFS that may assist users in estimating how baselines in biodiversity will change due to climate change. ForeCASTS provides maps depicting future locations of varieties of tree species under different climate scenarios. Federal Provisioning services, Regulating and supporting services Habitat Assessment
Forest Health Protection: Mapping and Reporting The Forest Health Protection: Mapping and Reporting tools developed by the USFS allow users to identify datasets that may assist in establishing a baseline of risk due to pests. Federal Provisioning services, Regulating and supporting services Habitat, Risk Mapping
ForGATE (Forest Sector Greenhouse Gas Assessment Tool in Excel) ForGATE is a spreadsheet calculator developed by the USFS that assists users in determining the carbon sequestration impacts of alternate forest management, product use and waste disposal scenarios in the northeastern United States. Federal Provisioning services, Regulating and supporting services Carbon Assessment
FSGeodata Clearinghouse The FSGeodata Clearinghouse is the access point for USFS spatial data that can help users map project areas and environmental resources. Federal Provisioning services, Cultural services, Regulating and supporting services Water, Carbon, Habitat, Products, Cultural, Risk Mapping
FSVeg FSVeg is an application developed by the USFS that helps users identify spatial datasets on vegetation. Federal Provisioning services, Regulating and supporting services Habitat, Products, Risk Mapping
FVS (Forest Vegetation Simulator) FVS is a family of models that answer questions about how forest vegetation will change in response to natural succession, disturbances, and proposed management actions. Federal Provisioning services, Regulating and supporting services Habitat, Products, Risk Assessment
GDG (Geospatial Data Gateway) The GDG is a collection of spatial data that provides information on hydrological units, geographic place names, elevation, transportation, and soils. Federal Regulating and supporting services Water, Habitat Mapping
GEMES (General Equilibrium Model of Ecosystem Services) GEMES is a coupled economic and ecological model of ecosystem services capable of measuring damages from environmental change and estimating benefits of environmental policy. Federal Regulating and supporting services, Provisioning services Products, Water, Habitat Guidance
Geomorphic Road Analysis and Inventory Package (GRAIP) The Geomorphic Road Analysis and Inventory Package (GRAIP) is designed to help land managers learn about the impacts of road systems on erosion and sediment delivery to streams. Federal Regulating and supporting services Water Assessment
Guide to Corporate Ecosystem Valuation The Guide to Corporate Ecosystem Valuation provides business with information on how to embed considerations of ecosystem services impacts in companies' decision-making. Non-Governmental General General Guidance
Habitat Priority Planner The Habitat Priority Planner is a downloadable tool that allows users to compare ecological metrics to prioritize habitat conservation based on user-defined data. Federal Regulating and supporting services Habitat Assessment
HARVEST HARVEST is a tool that allows users to evaluate alternative timber management strategies, providing comparable predictions about how the alternatives affect the age and forest type composition of the forest, as well as the spatial distribution of forest habitats. Federal Provisioning services, Regulating and supporting services Habitat, Products Assessment
Hazus Hazus is a tool developed by FEMA that can help users estimate the change in disaster mitigation services as a result of different management decisions. Federal Regulating and supporting services Risk Assessment
HEC-EFM (Ecosystem Functions Model) Ecosystem Functions Model (HEC-EFM) is designed to help users determine ecosystem responses to changes in the flow regime of a river or connected wetland. Federal Provisioning services, Regulating and supporting services Water, Habitat Assessment
HEC-HMS (Hydrologic Modeling System) HEC-HMS is a hydrological model that produces outputs to help plan for water availability, urban drainage, flow forecasting, future urbanization impact, reservoir spillway design, flood damage reduction, floodplain regulation, and systems operation. Federal Provisioning services, Regulating and supporting services Water Assessment
i-Tree i-Tree tools are a suite of software tools developed by the USFS that provides urban forestry analysis and benefits assessment tools. The i-Tree tools help to quantify the environmental services that trees provide and the structure of the urban forest. Federal Provisioning services, Cultural services, Regulating and supporting services Health, Water, Carbon, Habitat, Cultural, Risk Assessment
LANDIS-II (LANdscape DIsturbance and Succession) LANDIS-II simulates forest succession, disturbance (including fire, wind, harvesting, insects), climate change, and seed dispersal across large landscapes. LANDIS-II also tracks the distributions of discrete tree and shrub species. Federal Regulating and supporting services Habitat, Risk Assessment
Landscape effects on crop pollination services: are there general patterns? This peer-reviewed article provides a method for estimating the ecosystem services associated with pollination. Non-Governmental Regulating and supporting services Habitat Guidance
LandScope LandScope is a web-based application that assists in identifying protected areas and places of high biodiversity. Non-Governmental Regulating and supporting services Habitat Mapping
Long Term Ecological Research Network The Long Term Ecological Research Network hosts a data portal that provides various ecological information for several geographic areas in the continental U.S. Federal Provisioning services, Regulating and supporting services Water, Carbon, Habitat, Products, Cultural, Risk Mapping
Measurement guidelines for the sequestration of forest carbon This report offers guidelines for measuring, monitoring, and estimating carbon dioxide stocks. Federal Regulating and supporting services Carbon Guidance
Millenium Ecosystem Assessment: A Framework for Assessment The Millenium Ecosystem Assessment is a 2005 compilation of reports assessing the effects of human actions on the environment. The Framework for Assessment provides extensive information about the importance of ecosystem services for society and identies gaps in knowledge about valuing the benefits of ecosystem services. International Governmental General General Guidance
NASA Carbon Mapper The NASA Carbon Mapper is a visualization tool that allows users to explore carbon emissions sources and sequestration sinks through maps and summaries for different geographic units. Federal Regulating and supporting services Carbon Mapping
National Ecosystem Services Classification System (NESCS) NESCS is a system for classifying ecosystem services that can help users to identify multiple ecosystem services relevant to different environmental types and human beneficiaries. It is designed to help assessors minimize double-counting costs and benefits of different services. Federal General General Guidance
National Visitor Use Monitoring (NVUM) Program The National Visitor Use Monitoring Program collects and disseminates data on recreational visitation and visitor characteristics for National Forests and Grasslands. Federal Cultural services Cultural Mapping
NatureServe Explorer NatureServe Explorer is a searchable database of distributions of different plant and animal species. Non-Governmental Regulating and supporting services Habitat Mapping
NatureServe Surveyor NatureServe Surveyor is a collection of data and web-application that assists in determining the presence of at-risk species in an area. Non-Governmental Regulating and supporting services Habitat Mapping
NED (Forest Ecosystem Decision Support Software) Suite NED tools were developed by the USFS Northern Research Station to assist users in making decisions for forest stand management. Federal Provisioning services, Regulating and supporting services Habitat, Products, Risk Assessment
OceanAdapt OceanAdapt provides distribution and viability data for fish and fisheries in the United States. Federal, Non-Governmental Regulating and supporting services Habitat, Products Mapping
Office of Management and Budget Circular A-4 Guidance to Agencies on Regulatory Analysis, Part E. Identifying and Measuring Benefits and Costs This document provides guidance from the Office of Management and Budget on designing stated preference studies. Federal General General Guidance
OpenN-SPECT (Nonpoint Source Pollution and Erosion Comparison Tool) OpenN-SPECT is an open version of the Nonpoint Source Pollution and Erosion Comparison Tool developed by NOAA. The tool allows users to estimate surface water runoff volume, erosion, and pollutant loads based on land management, land use, and climate change. Federal Provisioning services, Regulating and supporting services Water, Habitat Assessment
Parks and Trails Health Impact Assessment Toolkit The Parks and Trails Health Impact Assessment Toolkit provides information on methods and relevant data for assessing the environment's impact on human health in an area. Federal General Health Guidance
Peak Flow Calculator The Peak Flow Calculator estimates the flood flow rate for a given storm in a small watershed. Federal Regulating and supporting services Water Assessment
PHABSIM (Physical Habitat Simulation) PHABSIM is a downloadable model developed by the USGS Fort Collins Science Center that simulates the relationship between streamflow and habitat for fish and wildlife. This relationship can be used to examine the tradeoff between the value of water used instream with the water used out-of-stream and make decisions from among different alternatives. Federal Provisioning services, Regulating and supporting services Water, Habitat Assessment
Piled Fuels Biomass and Emissions Calculator The Piled Fuels Biomass and Emissions Calculator is an online calculator that allows the user to quickly estimate the lifetime air pollutant emissions of piled hardwood and conifers. Federal Regulating and supporting services Carbon Assessment
Populations at Risk Populations at Risk is an online application that generates reports about at-risk populations in a geographic area. Non-Governmental Cultural services, General Cultural, Risk Mapping
PRESTO Wood Calculator PRESTO is an online tool developed by the USFS Northeastern Research Station that assists users in calculating carbon sequestration from harvested wood. Federal Provisioning services, Regulating and supporting services Carbon Assessment
Recovery Potential Screening The Recovery Potential Screening tools were developed by the EPA to provide environmental managers with a systematic approach for comparing watersheds, including their current conditions and how well they might respond to restoration or protection efforts. The tools are spreadsheet-based and available for download for each state with embedded indicators. Federal Regulating and supporting services Water, Habitat, Risk Assessment
RIBITS (Regulatory In-lieu Fee and Bank Information Tracking System) RIBITS is a national database that allows users to find information on wetland, stream and habitat mitigation banks and in-lieu fee programs. Federal Provisioning services, Cultural services, Regulating and supporting services Habitat Mapping
RUSLE (Revised Universal Soil Loss Equation) RUSLE is a downloadable model that helps a user to estimate rates of soil erosion caused by rainfall and other surface water flow. Federal Regulating and supporting services Water Assessment
SAVS: A System for Assessing Vulnerability of Species to Climate Change SAVS is a questionnaire that assess a species' vulnerability to climate change. Federal Regulating and supporting services Habitat, Risk Guidance
Social Values for Ecosystem Services (SolVES) SolVES is a downloadable tool designed to assess, map, and quantify the perceived social values of ecosystem services for various defined stakeholder groups. Federal Provisioning services, Cultural services Cultural Assessment
Southern Great Plains Crucial Habitat Assessment Tool (SGP CHAT) SGP CHAT is a spatial tool that allows users to identify priority conservation areas for the lesser prairie chicken in Colorado, Kansas, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Texas. Non-Governmental Regulating and supporting services Habitat Mapping
SPARROW Water Quality Tools SPARROW is a modeling tool that helps estimate the origin and fate of contaminants in river networks and quantify uncertainties in model predictions. Federal Regulating and supporting services Water, Risk Assessment
Standard tables of forest ecosystem and harvested wood carbon (NE GTR-343) This report offers methods for estimating annual additions to a forest carbon stock as a function of stand age. Federal Regulating and supporting services Carbon Guidance
SWAT (Soil and Water Assessment Tool) SWAT is a downloadable software tool designed to help users predict the effect of management decisions on water, sediment, nutrient and pesticide yields with reasonable accuracy on large, ungaged river basins. An extension for use in ArcGIS and other interface options are available on the website. Federal Provisioning services, Regulating and supporting services Water, Habitat Assessment
TACCIMO TACCIMO is web-based tool that allows a user to easily find information about the impacts of climate change on forest ecosystems and agricultural productivity. Federal Provisioning services, Regulating and supporting services Habitat, Risk Guidance
TerrSet Geospatial Monitoring and Modeling Software TerrSet is a set of downloadable software tools that assists in measuring several ecosystem services, including water yield, energy resources, water filtration, timber harvest, pollination, aesthetic quality, and several others. The tool also provides models to assess biodiversity and impacts of climate change on ecosystem services. Non-Governmental Regulating and supporting services Water, Habitat, Products Assessment
TESSA TESSA is a toolkit designed for nonexperts that provides guidance on conducting ecosystem services assessments for a site. Non-Governmental, International Governmental Provisioning services, Cultural services, Regulating and supporting services General Guidance
The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity (TEEB): Ecological and Economic Foundations TEEB is a global initiative hosted by the United Nations Environment Programme that publishes documents on the theory and practice of incorporating ecosystem services into economic decision-making. The Ecological and Economic Foundations offers a comprehensive overview of the importance of ecosystem services and how to consider them in decision-making. International Governmental General General Guidance
The Environmental Economics Toolkit The Environmental Economics Toolkit is a report from the UNDP and GEF that presents detailed descriptions of ecological and economic assessment methodologies. It also offers a literature review on the theory and practice of ecosystem services assessment and economic valuation techniques. International Governmental General General Guidance
The Forest Sector Carbon Calculator This web-based tool analyzes generates reports and time trend graphs on carbon stores in the forest, in wood products (including bioenergy), and disposal. Currently, the calculator is parameterized for the Oregon East and West Cascades regions only. Federal Provisioning services, Regulating and supporting services Carbon Assessment
Treesearch Treesearch is a searchable database of research products published by the U.S. Forest Service. Federal General General Guidance
US NVC (U.S. National Vegetation Classification) The US NVC provides a standardized framework for classifying vegetation types. Federal, Non-Governmental General Habitat Guidance
USDA PLANTS Database The USDA Plants Database helps a user to scope for the existence of a particular species in an area. Enter the name of a species in the search box to access data and a map for the species' range at the county level. Federal Provisioning services, Cultural services, Regulating and supporting services Habitat Mapping
USFS Data Extract Tool The USFS Data Extract tool allows users to download GIS data of physical and administrative features for National Forests and Grasslands, including recreational and viewscape information. Federal Cultural services, Regulating and supporting services Water, Carbon, Habitat, Products, Cultural, Risk Mapping
USGS Benefit Transfer Toolkit The Benefit Transfer Toolkit is database of monetary estimates of ecosystem services that can be sorted alphabetically by author, location, and valuation method, and numerically by data year and economic value estimate. These data can help users calculate benefit transfer values for several ecosystem services. Federal Cultural services Cultural Assessment
ValuES ValuES offers technical advice, analytical reports, and courses on integrating ecosystem services in decision-making. Non-Governmental General General Guidance
Valuing Ecosystem Services This report identifies various methods for valuing ecosystem services for informing policy decisions. Federal General General Guidance
Valuing the Protection of Ecological Systems and Services This EPA report is a review of best practices for valuation of ecosystem services. Federal General General Guidance
VegBank VegBank is a database that allows users to determine the type of vegetation in an area and map a specified plot with user data. Non-Governmental Regulating and supporting services Habitat Mapping
WASSI (Water Supply Stress Index Model) WaSSI is an online tool produced by the USFS that can be used to project the effects of land use change, climate change, and water withdrawals on river flows, water supply stress, and ecosystem productivity (i.e., carbon sequestration dynamics) across the coterminous United States, Mexico, Rwanda, and Burundi. Federal Provisioning services, Regulating and supporting services Water Assessment
WEAP (Water Evaluation And Planning System) WEAP is a downloadable software tool that allows users to model the effects of alternative policies on rainfall runoff and infiltration, evapotranspiration, crop yields, water provision, and water quality. Non-Governmental Provisioning services, Regulating and supporting services Water, Products Assessment
WEPP (Water Erosion Prediction Project) The Water Erosion Prediction Project model can assist in estimating changes in erosion and water flows. Federal Provisioning services, Regulating and supporting services Water Assessment
WEPP (Water Erosion Prediction Project) Road WEPP Road is an online calculator tool that estimates runoff and erosion levels for roads according to user-defined parameters. Federal Regulating and supporting services Water Assessment
Wetlands Mapper The Wetlands Mapper is an online tool that allows users to extract spatial information about U.S. watersheds. Federal Provisioning services, Regulating and supporting services Habitat Mapping
Wildlife Habitat Benefits Estimation Toolkit/Benefit Transfer & Use Estimating Toolkit This toolkit provides guidance on applying the benefit-transfer method to estimate various ecosystem services. Non-Governmental General Habitat, Products, Cultural Guidance
WinSLAMM WinSLAMM is a model that assists users in analyzing the quality of water runoff from impervious landcover. Non-Governmental Regulating and supporting services Water Assessment
WSS (Web Soil Survey) The WSS is a web-based tool that allows users to query soil data and information across the U.S. Federal Regulating and supporting services Habitat Mapping
Zonation Zonation is a downloadable software tool that assists users in identifying areas important for local biodiversity across large landscapes. Non-Governmental Regulating and supporting services Habitat Assessment
Title Description Sponsorship Ecosystem Services Theme
A decision framework for identifying models to estimate ecosystem services gains from restoration This report describes key characteristics of 13 tools that help to valuate ecosystem services. Federal General General
Bureau of Land Management Guidance on Estimating Nonmarket Environmental Values (Attachment 1) This guidance describes when and how to use economic methods to estimate nonmarket environmental values when preparing National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) analyses for the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) resource management planning and other decision-making Federal General General
Causal Analysis/Diagnosis Decision Information System (CADDIS) CADDIS is a website that helps users identify causes of impairment of aquatic ecosystems. Federal General Water, Habitat, Risk
Eco-Health Relationship Browser The Eco-Health Relationship browser allows users to see the link between different ecosystem services and public health impacts. Federal Cultural services, Regulating and supporting services Habitat
EcoService Models Library This website provides a catalog of tools and models that are filterable by a variety of attributes, including input and output variables. Federal Provisioning services, Cultural services, Regulating and supporting services, General General
Ecosystem services assessment: How to do one in practice This document provides introductory information on how to conduct an ecosystem services assessment. Non-Governmental General General
Ecosystem Services Valuation Final Report to NOAA This report reviews scientific literature describing ecosystem services valuation methods, as well as extant federal guidance related to ecosystem services valuation. Federal General General
Ecosystem-Based Tools Network The Ecosystem-Based Tools Network provides a database of tools for ecosystem service valuation, resources on valuation methods, and projects as examples of ecosystem services assessments. Non-Governmental General General
EPA RPS (Recovery Potential Screening) This Recovery Potential Screening (RPS) website provides technical tools and methods to help users assess the likelihood of successful restoration projects among different watersheds. Federal Regulating and supporting services Water, Habitat
EPA Social Cost of Carbon Table This resource provides information on EPA's methods for estimating the monetary impacts associated with carbon emission and sequestion. Federal Regulating and supporting services Carbon
ESR for IA (Ecosystem Services Review for Impact Assessment) ESR for IA is a method for prioritizing and assessing a project's impacts on ecosystem services. Non-Governmental General General
Federal Resource Management and Ecosystem Services Guidebook The Federal Resource Management and Ecosystem Services Guidebook offers information on best practices for incorporating ecosystem services in natural resource management. Non-Governmental General General
Field Measurements for Forest Carbon Monitoring This report provides guidance on forest carbon dioxide measurement and monitoring. Federal Regulating and supporting services Carbon
Final Ecosystem Goods and Services Classification System (FEGS-CS) FEGS-CS is a system for classifying ecosystem services that can help users to identify multiple ecosystem services for particular ecosystem types. It is designed to help assessors minimize double-counting costs and benefits of different services. Federal General General
GEMES (General Equilibrium Model of Ecosystem Services) GEMES is a coupled economic and ecological model of ecosystem services capable of measuring damages from environmental change and estimating benefits of environmental policy. Federal Regulating and supporting services, Provisioning services Products, Water, Habitat
Guide to Corporate Ecosystem Valuation The Guide to Corporate Ecosystem Valuation provides business with information on how to embed considerations of ecosystem services impacts in companies' decision-making. Non-Governmental General General
Landscape effects on crop pollination services: are there general patterns? This peer-reviewed article provides a method for estimating the ecosystem services associated with pollination. Non-Governmental Regulating and supporting services Habitat
Measurement guidelines for the sequestration of forest carbon This report offers guidelines for measuring, monitoring, and estimating carbon dioxide stocks. Federal Regulating and supporting services Carbon
Millenium Ecosystem Assessment: A Framework for Assessment The Millenium Ecosystem Assessment is a 2005 compilation of reports assessing the effects of human actions on the environment. The Framework for Assessment provides extensive information about the importance of ecosystem services for society and identies gaps in knowledge about valuing the benefits of ecosystem services. International Governmental General General
National Ecosystem Services Classification System (NESCS) NESCS is a system for classifying ecosystem services that can help users to identify multiple ecosystem services relevant to different environmental types and human beneficiaries. It is designed to help assessors minimize double-counting costs and benefits of different services. Federal General General
Office of Management and Budget Circular A-4 Guidance to Agencies on Regulatory Analysis, Part E. Identifying and Measuring Benefits and Costs This document provides guidance from the Office of Management and Budget on designing stated preference studies. Federal General General
Parks and Trails Health Impact Assessment Toolkit The Parks and Trails Health Impact Assessment Toolkit provides information on methods and relevant data for assessing the environment's impact on human health in an area. Federal General Health
SAVS: A System for Assessing Vulnerability of Species to Climate Change SAVS is a questionnaire that assess a species' vulnerability to climate change. Federal Regulating and supporting services Habitat, Risk
Standard tables of forest ecosystem and harvested wood carbon (NE GTR-343) This report offers methods for estimating annual additions to a forest carbon stock as a function of stand age. Federal Regulating and supporting services Carbon
TACCIMO TACCIMO is web-based tool that allows a user to easily find information about the impacts of climate change on forest ecosystems and agricultural productivity. Federal Provisioning services, Regulating and supporting services Habitat, Risk
TESSA TESSA is a toolkit designed for nonexperts that provides guidance on conducting ecosystem services assessments for a site. Non-Governmental, International Governmental Provisioning services, Cultural services, Regulating and supporting services General
The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity (TEEB): Ecological and Economic Foundations TEEB is a global initiative hosted by the United Nations Environment Programme that publishes documents on the theory and practice of incorporating ecosystem services into economic decision-making. The Ecological and Economic Foundations offers a comprehensive overview of the importance of ecosystem services and how to consider them in decision-making. International Governmental General General
The Environmental Economics Toolkit The Environmental Economics Toolkit is a report from the UNDP and GEF that presents detailed descriptions of ecological and economic assessment methodologies. It also offers a literature review on the theory and practice of ecosystem services assessment and economic valuation techniques. International Governmental General General
Treesearch Treesearch is a searchable database of research products published by the U.S. Forest Service. Federal General General
US NVC (U.S. National Vegetation Classification) The US NVC provides a standardized framework for classifying vegetation types. Federal, Non-Governmental General Habitat
ValuES ValuES offers technical advice, analytical reports, and courses on integrating ecosystem services in decision-making. Non-Governmental General General
Valuing Ecosystem Services This report identifies various methods for valuing ecosystem services for informing policy decisions. Federal General General
Valuing the Protection of Ecological Systems and Services This EPA report is a review of best practices for valuation of ecosystem services. Federal General General
Wildlife Habitat Benefits Estimation Toolkit/Benefit Transfer & Use Estimating Toolkit This toolkit provides guidance on applying the benefit-transfer method to estimate various ecosystem services. Non-Governmental General Habitat, Products, Cultural
Title Description Sponsorship Accessibility Temporality Cost Type Ecosystem Services Theme
Air Air is an application developed by the USFS that helps air resource managers analyze the effects of air pollution to resources managed by the Forest Service. Federal Documentation, Assistance Available Data charted temporally Free of Charge Maps - query with GIS Regulating and supporting services Health
ArcGIS Online ArcGIS Online is a service that hosts geospatial data that can help users map project areas and environmental resources. Users may create an account and search for desired data hosted by governmental and non-governmental organizations in a search bar and add data layers to create new visualizations. Non-Governmental Documentation, Assistance Available, No Specialized Training required Data charted temporally Free of Charge Maps - query with GIS General General
CASA Global CQUEST Viewer (Carbon Query and Evaluation Support Tools) The CASA Global CQUEST Viewer is an application developed by the NASA Ames Earth Science Division that allows users to query spatial carbon sequestration estimates across the world. Federal Documentation, Assistance Available, No Specialized Training required Data charted temporally Free of Charge Maps - query with GIS Regulating and supporting services Carbon
CCT (Carbon Calculation Tool 4.0) CCT is a downloadable application that allows users to generate state-level annualized estimates of carbon stocks of forest land based on USFS FIA data. Federal Documentation, Assistance Available Not temporally explicit Free of Charge None Regulating and supporting services Carbon
Climate Change Bird Atlas The Climate Change Bird Atlas provides current and predicted geographic distribution reports for various bird species. Federal Documentation, No Specialized Training required Data charted temporally Free of Charge Maps - query with GIS Regulating and supporting services Habitat, Risk
Climate Change Tree Atlas The Climate Change Tree Atlas provides current and predicted geographic distribution reports for various tree species. Federal Documentation, No Specialized Training required Data charted temporally Free of Charge Maps - query with GIS Regulating and supporting services Habitat, Risk
Climate Wizard The Climate Wizard allows users to query precipitation and temperature estimates for different climate change scenarios modeled by the International Panel on Climate Change. Non-Governmental Documentation, Assistance Available, No Specialized Training required Data charted temporally Free of Charge Maps - query with GIS Provisioning services, Regulating and supporting services Risk
COLE (Carbon Online Estimator) COLE is an online application that allows users to estimate the carbon stock of forests in a user-defined area in the continental U.S. Federal Documentation, Assistance Available, No Specialized Training required Not temporally explicit Free of Charge Maps - query with GIS Regulating and supporting services Carbon
Economic Profile System The Economic Profile System is an online application that generates reports of data on various socioeconomic and demographic indicators for a geographic area. Federal, Non-Governmental Documentation, Assistance Available, No Specialized Training required Data charted temporally Free of Charge None General Cultural
ECOS ECOS is a collection of tools developed by the USFWS that allows users to identify endangered species, critical habitat, migratory birds, or other natural resources on a potential project site. Federal Documentation, Assistance Available, No Specialized Training required Data charted temporally Free of Charge Maps - query with GIS Regulating and supporting services Habitat
Enviro-Atlas Interactive Map The EPA Enviro-Atlas hosts a suite of online tools to help users identify broad and fine-scale data that can help identify various ecosystem services for an area. Federal Documentation, Assistance Available, No Specialized Training required Data charted temporally Free of Charge Maps - query with GIS Provisioning services, Cultural services, Regulating and supporting services Water, Carbon, Habitat, Products, Cultural
ESII Tool The ESII Tool is a mobile application and set of ecological and economic models that allows users to estimate more easily estimate ecosystem services using local data. Non-Governmental Documentation, Assistance Available, No Specialized Training required Not temporally explicit Free of Charge Maps - query with GIS General General
Federal Land Manager Environmental Database (FED) The Federal Land Manager Environmental Database is a database of environmental data and an integrated suite of online resources to help users assess and analyze the air quality and visibility in Federally-protected lands. Federal Documentation, Assistance Available, No Specialized Training required Data charted temporally Free of Charge Maps - query with GIS Cultural services, Regulating and supporting services Health, Cultural
FIA DataMart The FIA DataMart provides access to raw Forest Inventory and Analysis data. FIA reports on status and trends in forest area and location; in the species, size, and health of trees; in total tree growth, mortality, and removals by harvest; in wood production and utilization rates by various products; and in forest land ownership. Federal Documentation Data charted temporally Free of Charge None Provisioning services, Cultural services, Regulating and supporting services Habitat, Products
FIDO (Forest Inventory Data Online) FIDO is an application that allows users to access the Forest Inventory and Analysis (FIA) databases and generate standard or custom reports. Federal Documentation, Assistance Available, No Specialized Training required Data charted temporally Free of Charge Maps - query with GIS Provisioning services, Cultural services, Regulating and supporting services Habitat, Products
Forest Health Protection: Mapping and Reporting The Forest Health Protection: Mapping and Reporting tools developed by the USFS allow users to identify datasets that may assist in establishing a baseline of risk due to pests. Federal Documentation, Assistance Available, No Specialized Training required Data charted temporally Free of Charge Maps - query with GIS Provisioning services, Regulating and supporting services Habitat, Risk
FSGeodata Clearinghouse The FSGeodata Clearinghouse is the access point for USFS spatial data that can help users map project areas and environmental resources. Federal Documentation, Assistance Available Data charted temporally Free of Charge None Provisioning services, Cultural services, Regulating and supporting services Water, Carbon, Habitat, Products, Cultural, Risk
FSVeg FSVeg is an application developed by the USFS that helps users identify spatial datasets on vegetation. Federal Documentation, Assistance Available Data charted temporally Free of Charge Maps - query with GIS Provisioning services, Regulating and supporting services Habitat, Products, Risk
GDG (Geospatial Data Gateway) The GDG is a collection of spatial data that provides information on hydrological units, geographic place names, elevation, transportation, and soils. Federal No Specialized Training required Data charted temporally Free of Charge None Regulating and supporting services Water, Habitat
LandScope LandScope is a web-based application that assists in identifying protected areas and places of high biodiversity. Non-Governmental Assistance Available, No Specialized Training required Not temporally explicit Free of Charge Maps - query with GIS Regulating and supporting services Habitat
Long Term Ecological Research Network The Long Term Ecological Research Network hosts a data portal that provides various ecological information for several geographic areas in the continental U.S. Federal Documentation, Assistance Available Data charted temporally Free of Charge None Provisioning services, Regulating and supporting services Water, Carbon, Habitat, Products, Cultural, Risk
NASA Carbon Mapper The NASA Carbon Mapper is a visualization tool that allows users to explore carbon emissions sources and sequestration sinks through maps and summaries for different geographic units. Federal Documentation, Assistance Available, No Specialized Training required Data charted temporally Free of Charge Maps - query with GIS Regulating and supporting services Carbon
National Visitor Use Monitoring (NVUM) Program The National Visitor Use Monitoring Program collects and disseminates data on recreational visitation and visitor characteristics for National Forests and Grasslands. Federal Documentation, Assistance Available, No Specialized Training required Data charted temporally Free of Charge Maps - query with GIS Cultural services Cultural
NatureServe Explorer NatureServe Explorer is a searchable database of distributions of different plant and animal species. Non-Governmental Documentation, Assistance Available, No Specialized Training required Data charted temporally Free of Charge None Regulating and supporting services Habitat
NatureServe Surveyor NatureServe Surveyor is a collection of data and web-application that assists in determining the presence of at-risk species in an area. Non-Governmental Documentation, Assistance Available, No Specialized Training required Not temporally explicit Purchasable Maps - query with GIS Regulating and supporting services Habitat
OceanAdapt OceanAdapt provides distribution and viability data for fish and fisheries in the United States. Federal, Non-Governmental Documentation, Assistance Available, No Specialized Training required Data charted temporally Free of Charge None Regulating and supporting services Habitat, Products
Populations at Risk Populations at Risk is an online application that generates reports about at-risk populations in a geographic area. Non-Governmental Documentation, Assistance Available, No Specialized Training required Data charted temporally Free of Charge None Cultural services, General Cultural, Risk
RIBITS (Regulatory In-lieu Fee and Bank Information Tracking System) RIBITS is a national database that allows users to find information on wetland, stream and habitat mitigation banks and in-lieu fee programs. Federal Documentation, Assistance Available, No Specialized Training required Not temporally explicit Free of Charge Maps - query with GIS Provisioning services, Cultural services, Regulating and supporting services Habitat
Southern Great Plains Crucial Habitat Assessment Tool (SGP CHAT) SGP CHAT is a spatial tool that allows users to identify priority conservation areas for the lesser prairie chicken in Colorado, Kansas, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Texas. Non-Governmental Documentation, Assistance Available, No Specialized Training required Not temporally explicit Free of Charge Maps - query with GIS Regulating and supporting services Habitat
USDA PLANTS Database The USDA Plants Database helps a user to scope for the existence of a particular species in an area. Enter the name of a species in the search box to access data and a map for the species' range at the county level. Federal Documentation, Assistance Available, No Specialized Training required Data charted temporally Free of Charge Maps - query with GIS Provisioning services, Cultural services, Regulating and supporting services Habitat
USFS Data Extract Tool The USFS Data Extract tool allows users to download GIS data of physical and administrative features for National Forests and Grasslands, including recreational and viewscape information. Federal Documentation, Assistance Available, No Specialized Training required Data charted temporally Free of Charge Maps - query with GIS Cultural services, Regulating and supporting services Water, Carbon, Habitat, Products, Cultural, Risk
VegBank VegBank is a database that allows users to determine the type of vegetation in an area and map a specified plot with user data. Non-Governmental Documentation, Assistance Available, No Specialized Training required Data charted temporally Free of Charge Maps - query with GIS Regulating and supporting services Habitat
Wetlands Mapper The Wetlands Mapper is an online tool that allows users to extract spatial information about U.S. watersheds. Federal Documentation, Assistance Available, No Specialized Training required Not temporally explicit Free of Charge Maps - query with GIS Provisioning services, Regulating and supporting services Habitat
WSS (Web Soil Survey) The WSS is a web-based tool that allows users to query soil data and information across the U.S. Federal Documentation, Assistance Available, No Specialized Training required Not temporally explicit Free of Charge Maps - query with GIS Regulating and supporting services Habitat
Title Description Sponsorship Accessibility Quantification Dimensions Cost Ecosystem Services Theme
AGricultural Non-Point Source (AGNPS) AGNPS is watershed model developed by the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service that helps users to calculate changes in water and soil quality, outputting estimates of nitrogen, phosphorus, organic carbon, and several pesticides. In addition, the model calculates water and sediment yield by particle size class and source. Federal Documentation, Assistance Available Non-monetary outputs Spatially Explicit Free of Charge Provisioning services, Regulating and supporting services Water, Habitat
AgWa (Automated Geospatial Watershed Assessment) AGWA is a GIS-based hydrologic modeling tool that estimates the hydrologic impacts of land-use change at the watershed scale. It is useful for estimating water runoff and erosion estimates. Federal Documentation, Assistance Available Non-monetary outputs Spatially Explicit, Temporally explicit Free of Charge Provisioning services, Regulating and supporting services Water
Aquarius Aquarius is a downloadable model developed by the USFS Rocky Mountain Research Station that can assist users in estimating ecosystem service values associated with water provision. Federal Documentation, Assistance Available Non-monetary outputs Spatially Explicit, Temporally explicit Free of Charge Provisioning services, Regulating and supporting services Water
AQUATOX AQUATOX is a simulation model for aquatic systems. AQUATOX predicts the fate of various pollutants, such as nutrients and organic chemicals, and their effects on the ecosystem, including fish, invertebrates, and aquatic plants. Federal Documentation, Assistance Available Non-monetary outputs Temporally explicit Free of Charge Provisioning services, Regulating and supporting services Water, Habitat
ArcHSI ArcHSI is a downloadable software application that estimates the ability of an area to meet the food and cover requirements of an animal species. Federal Documentation Non-monetary outputs Spatially Explicit, Temporally explicit Free of Charge Regulating and supporting services Habitat
BASINS (Better Assessment Science Integrating point & Non-point Sources) BASINS is a downloadable software application helpful for water quality modeling at the watershed scale. Federal Documentation, Assistance Available Non-monetary outputs Spatially Explicit, Temporally explicit Free of Charge Regulating and supporting services Water
COMET Farm COMET Farm is a web-based tool that produces reports of estimated greenhouse gas emissions for different agricultural management activities. Federal Documentation, Assistance Available Non-monetary outputs Temporally explicit Free of Charge Provisioning services, Regulating and supporting services Carbon
COMET Planner COMET Planner is a web-based tool developed by the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service that helps users to assess the comparative carbon sequestration services of different agricultural management decisions. Federal Documentation, Assistance Available Non-monetary outputs Neither spatially nor temporally explicit Free of Charge Regulating and supporting services Carbon
CTCC (CUFR Tree Carbon Calculator) The CUFR Tree Carbon Calculator (CTCC) is a spreadsheet application that provides quantitative data on carbon dioxide sequestration and building heating/cooling energy effects provided by individual trees. CTCC outputs can be used to estimate GHG (greenhouse gas) benefits for existing trees or to forecast future benefits. Federal Documentation, Assistance Available, No Specialized Training required Monetary outputs, Non-monetary outputs Temporally explicit Free of Charge Regulating and supporting services Carbon
CVal CVal is a spreadsheet tool developed by the USFS Forest Products Laboratory that allows users to estimate the costs and benefits of carbon sequestration contracts on forested land. Federal Documentation, No Specialized Training required Monetary outputs Temporally explicit Free of Charge Provisioning services, Regulating and supporting services Carbon
Ecosystem Management Decision Support (EMDS) EMDS is a system of tools that allows users to input subjective knowledge in the face of uncertainty to model potential environmental outcomes via fuzzy math and logic models. Non-Governmental Documentation, Assistance Available Monetary outputs, Non-monetary outputs Spatially Explicit, Temporally explicit Free of Charge Provisioning services, Cultural services, Regulating and supporting services Risk, General
Ecosystem Services Scenario Assessment using EPA H2O The software allows users to evaluate different scenarios' potential impacts within a watershed. Federal No Specialized Training required Monetary outputs, Non-monetary outputs Spatially Explicit, Temporally explicit Free of Charge Provisioning services, Regulating and supporting services Water
FASOM (FOrest and Agricultural Sector Optimization Model) FASOM is an optimization model that is written in the GAMS (General Algebraic Modeling System) modeling language that is useful in analyzing the welfare and market impacts of alternative environmental policies to mitigate climate change. Federal Documentation, Assistance Available Monetary outputs, Non-monetary outputs Temporally explicit Free of Charge Provisioning services, Regulating and supporting services Carbon, Habitat, Products
FishXing 3.0 FishXing 3.0 was developed by USFS to assist engineers, hydrologists, and fish biologists in the evaluation and design of culverts for fish passage. It is free and available for download. Federal Documentation, Assistance Available Non-monetary outputs Neither spatially nor temporally explicit Free of Charge Provisioning services, Regulating and supporting services Habitat
FORCARB2 FORCARB2, an updated version of the U.S. FORest CARBon Budget Model (FORCARB), produces estimates of carbon stocks and stock changes for forest ecosystems and forest products at 5-year intervals. Federal Documentation Non-monetary outputs Temporally explicit Free of Charge Provisioning services, Regulating and supporting services Carbon
Forecasts of Climate-Associated Shifts in Tree Species (ForeCASTS) ForeCASTS is a tool developed by the USFS that may assist users in estimating how baselines in biodiversity will change due to climate change. ForeCASTS provides maps depicting future locations of varieties of tree species under different climate scenarios. Federal Documentation, Assistance Available, No Specialized Training required Non-monetary outputs Spatially Explicit, Temporally explicit Free of Charge Provisioning services, Regulating and supporting services Habitat
ForGATE (Forest Sector Greenhouse Gas Assessment Tool in Excel) ForGATE is a spreadsheet calculator developed by the USFS that assists users in determining the carbon sequestration impacts of alternate forest management, product use and waste disposal scenarios in the northeastern United States. Federal Documentation Monetary outputs, Non-monetary outputs Temporally explicit Free of Charge Provisioning services, Regulating and supporting services Carbon
FVS (Forest Vegetation Simulator) FVS is a family of models that answer questions about how forest vegetation will change in response to natural succession, disturbances, and proposed management actions. Federal Documentation, Assistance Available, No Specialized Training required Monetary outputs, Non-monetary outputs Spatially Explicit Free of Charge Provisioning services, Regulating and supporting services Habitat, Products, Risk
Geomorphic Road Analysis and Inventory Package (GRAIP) The Geomorphic Road Analysis and Inventory Package (GRAIP) is designed to help land managers learn about the impacts of road systems on erosion and sediment delivery to streams. Federal Documentation, Assistance Available, No Specialized Training required Non-monetary outputs Spatially Explicit, Temporally explicit Free of Charge Regulating and supporting services Water
Habitat Priority Planner The Habitat Priority Planner is a downloadable tool that allows users to compare ecological metrics to prioritize habitat conservation based on user-defined data. Federal Documentation, Assistance Available, No Specialized Training required Non-monetary outputs Spatially Explicit Free of Charge Regulating and supporting services Habitat
HARVEST HARVEST is a tool that allows users to evaluate alternative timber management strategies, providing comparable predictions about how the alternatives affect the age and forest type composition of the forest, as well as the spatial distribution of forest habitats. Federal Documentation, No Specialized Training required Non-monetary outputs Spatially Explicit, Temporally explicit Free of Charge Provisioning services, Regulating and supporting services Habitat, Products
Hazus Hazus is a tool developed by FEMA that can help users estimate the change in disaster mitigation services as a result of different management decisions. Federal Documentation, Assistance Available Monetary outputs, Non-monetary outputs Spatially Explicit, Temporally explicit Free of Charge Regulating and supporting services Risk
HEC-EFM (Ecosystem Functions Model) Ecosystem Functions Model (HEC-EFM) is designed to help users determine ecosystem responses to changes in the flow regime of a river or connected wetland. Federal Documentation, Assistance Available, No Specialized Training required Non-monetary outputs Spatially Explicit, Temporally explicit Free of Charge Provisioning services, Regulating and supporting services Water, Habitat
HEC-HMS (Hydrologic Modeling System) HEC-HMS is a hydrological model that produces outputs to help plan for water availability, urban drainage, flow forecasting, future urbanization impact, reservoir spillway design, flood damage reduction, floodplain regulation, and systems operation. Federal Documentation, Assistance Available Non-monetary outputs Spatially Explicit, Temporally explicit Free of Charge Provisioning services, Regulating and supporting services Water
i-Tree i-Tree tools are a suite of software tools developed by the USFS that provides urban forestry analysis and benefits assessment tools. The i-Tree tools help to quantify the environmental services that trees provide and the structure of the urban forest. Federal Documentation, Assistance Available, No Specialized Training required Monetary outputs, Non-monetary outputs Spatially Explicit, Temporally explicit Free of Charge Provisioning services, Cultural services, Regulating and supporting services Health, Water, Carbon, Habitat, Cultural, Risk
LANDIS-II (LANdscape DIsturbance and Succession) LANDIS-II simulates forest succession, disturbance (including fire, wind, harvesting, insects), climate change, and seed dispersal across large landscapes. LANDIS-II also tracks the distributions of discrete tree and shrub species. Federal Documentation, Assistance Available Monetary outputs, Non-monetary outputs Spatially Explicit, Temporally explicit Free of Charge Regulating and supporting services Habitat, Risk
NED (Forest Ecosystem Decision Support Software) Suite NED tools were developed by the USFS Northern Research Station to assist users in making decisions for forest stand management. Federal Documentation, Assistance Available Non-monetary outputs Temporally explicit Free of Charge Provisioning services, Regulating and supporting services Habitat, Products, Risk
OpenN-SPECT (Nonpoint Source Pollution and Erosion Comparison Tool) OpenN-SPECT is an open version of the Nonpoint Source Pollution and Erosion Comparison Tool developed by NOAA. The tool allows users to estimate surface water runoff volume, erosion, and pollutant loads based on land management, land use, and climate change. Federal Documentation, Assistance Available Non-monetary outputs Spatially Explicit, Temporally explicit Free of Charge Provisioning services, Regulating and supporting services Water, Habitat
Peak Flow Calculator The Peak Flow Calculator estimates the flood flow rate for a given storm in a small watershed. Federal No Specialized Training required Non-monetary outputs Temporally explicit Free of Charge Regulating and supporting services Water
PHABSIM (Physical Habitat Simulation) PHABSIM is a downloadable model developed by the USGS Fort Collins Science Center that simulates the relationship between streamflow and habitat for fish and wildlife. This relationship can be used to examine the tradeoff between the value of water used instream with the water used out-of-stream and make decisions from among different alternatives. Federal Documentation Non-monetary outputs Temporally explicit Free of Charge Provisioning services, Regulating and supporting services Water, Habitat
Piled Fuels Biomass and Emissions Calculator The Piled Fuels Biomass and Emissions Calculator is an online calculator that allows the user to quickly estimate the lifetime air pollutant emissions of piled hardwood and conifers. Federal Documentation Non-monetary outputs Neither spatially nor temporally explicit Free of Charge Regulating and supporting services Carbon
PRESTO Wood Calculator PRESTO is an online tool developed by the USFS Northeastern Research Station that assists users in calculating carbon sequestration from harvested wood. Federal Documentation Non-monetary outputs Temporally explicit Free of Charge Provisioning services, Regulating and supporting services Carbon
Recovery Potential Screening The Recovery Potential Screening tools were developed by the EPA to provide environmental managers with a systematic approach for comparing watersheds, including their current conditions and how well they might respond to restoration or protection efforts. The tools are spreadsheet-based and available for download for each state with embedded indicators. Federal Documentation, Assistance Available, No Specialized Training required No quantification Neither spatially nor temporally explicit Free of Charge Regulating and supporting services Water, Habitat, Risk
RUSLE (Revised Universal Soil Loss Equation) RUSLE is a downloadable model that helps a user to estimate rates of soil erosion caused by rainfall and other surface water flow. Federal Documentation, Assistance Available Non-monetary outputs Temporally explicit Free of Charge Regulating and supporting services Water
Social Values for Ecosystem Services (SolVES) SolVES is a downloadable tool designed to assess, map, and quantify the perceived social values of ecosystem services for various defined stakeholder groups. Federal Documentation, Assistance Available, No Specialized Training required Non-monetary outputs Spatially Explicit Free of Charge Provisioning services, Cultural services Cultural
SPARROW Water Quality Tools SPARROW is a modeling tool that helps estimate the origin and fate of contaminants in river networks and quantify uncertainties in model predictions. Federal Documentation, Assistance Available, No Specialized Training required Non-monetary outputs Spatially Explicit, Temporally explicit Free of Charge Regulating and supporting services Water, Risk
SWAT (Soil and Water Assessment Tool) SWAT is a downloadable software tool designed to help users predict the effect of management decisions on water, sediment, nutrient and pesticide yields with reasonable accuracy on large, ungaged river basins. An extension for use in ArcGIS and other interface options are available on the website. Federal Documentation, Assistance Available Non-monetary outputs Spatially Explicit, Temporally explicit Free of Charge Provisioning services, Regulating and supporting services Water, Habitat
TerrSet Geospatial Monitoring and Modeling Software TerrSet is a set of downloadable software tools that assists in measuring several ecosystem services, including water yield, energy resources, water filtration, timber harvest, pollination, aesthetic quality, and several others. The tool also provides models to assess biodiversity and impacts of climate change on ecosystem services. Non-Governmental Documentation, Assistance Available Monetary outputs, Non-monetary outputs Spatially Explicit, Temporally explicit Purchasable Regulating and supporting services Water, Habitat, Products
The Forest Sector Carbon Calculator This web-based tool analyzes generates reports and time trend graphs on carbon stores in the forest, in wood products (including bioenergy), and disposal. Currently, the calculator is parameterized for the Oregon East and West Cascades regions only. Federal Documentation, Assistance Available, No Specialized Training required Non-monetary outputs Spatially Explicit, Temporally explicit Free of Charge Provisioning services, Regulating and supporting services Carbon
USGS Benefit Transfer Toolkit The Benefit Transfer Toolkit is database of monetary estimates of ecosystem services that can be sorted alphabetically by author, location, and valuation method, and numerically by data year and economic value estimate. These data can help users calculate benefit transfer values for several ecosystem services. Federal Documentation, Assistance Available, No Specialized Training required Monetary outputs Neither spatially nor temporally explicit Free of Charge Cultural services Cultural
WASSI (Water Supply Stress Index Model) WaSSI is an online tool produced by the USFS that can be used to project the effects of land use change, climate change, and water withdrawals on river flows, water supply stress, and ecosystem productivity (i.e., carbon sequestration dynamics) across the coterminous United States, Mexico, Rwanda, and Burundi. Federal Documentation, Assistance Available Non-monetary outputs Spatially Explicit, Temporally explicit Free of Charge Provisioning services, Regulating and supporting services Water
WEAP (Water Evaluation And Planning System) WEAP is a downloadable software tool that allows users to model the effects of alternative policies on rainfall runoff and infiltration, evapotranspiration, crop yields, water provision, and water quality. Non-Governmental Documentation, Assistance Available Non-monetary outputs Spatially Explicit, Temporally explicit Purchasable Provisioning services, Regulating and supporting services Water, Products
WEPP (Water Erosion Prediction Project) The Water Erosion Prediction Project model can assist in estimating changes in erosion and water flows. Federal Documentation, Assistance Available Non-monetary outputs Spatially Explicit, Temporally explicit Free of Charge Provisioning services, Regulating and supporting services Water
WEPP (Water Erosion Prediction Project) Road WEPP Road is an online calculator tool that estimates runoff and erosion levels for roads according to user-defined parameters. Federal No Specialized Training required Non-monetary outputs Temporally explicit Free of Charge Regulating and supporting services Water
WinSLAMM WinSLAMM is a model that assists users in analyzing the quality of water runoff from impervious landcover. Non-Governmental Documentation, Assistance Available Non-monetary outputs Temporally explicit Purchasable Regulating and supporting services Water
Zonation Zonation is a downloadable software tool that assists users in identifying areas important for local biodiversity across large landscapes. Non-Governmental Documentation, Assistance Available Non-monetary outputs Spatially Explicit, Temporally explicit Free of Charge Regulating and supporting services Habitat

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