InVEST output map of the Amazon basin

Natural Capital = Earth's lands, waters and their biodiversity

Ecosystem Services = The stream of vital benefits flowing from natural capital to people

InVEST is the leading tool for incorporating natural capital into decisions



Stanford researchers rethink 'natural' habitat for wildlife

In new study co-authored by Chase Mendenhall, Christoph Meyer, Elizabeth Hadly, and our very own Gretchen Daily and Daniel Karp bats provide insight to wildlife conservation.

Read the article by Rob Jordan in Stanford News Service.
Read the study published in Nature.


NatCap launched InVEST 3.0!

InVEST 3.0.0 is the first version of InVEST with standalone versions for all but one of our 16 ecosystem service models and analysis tools. This major milestone lowers a number of critical barriers to using InVEST. The standalone tools contain major performance updates, some science updates, and a host of additional usability features not found in the old ArcGIS based versions.

Download InVEST 3.0.0


Networking Nature: How Technology Is Transforming Conservation

An excellent article on how new technologies are revolutionizing conservation and aiding efforts around the world, by our very own Dr. Jon Hoekstra.

Read the article by Jon Hoekstra in Foreign Affairs.


Feeding 9 Billion: A Five Step Plan to Feed the World

A great piece on how we can feed a population of 9 billion in 2050 without overwhelming the planet, by our very own Dr. Jonathan Foley. Photographs by George Steinmetz and Jim Richardson.

Read the article by Jonathan Foley in National Geographic Magazine.


NatCap is Hiring!

NatCap is growing, and we have a number of open positions currently available including several positions for software engineers, an economist, an administrative assistant, and a communications internship.

View the position openings and apply


A New Tool for Watershed Services

NatCap's newest software, Resource Investment Optimization System (RIOS), is a free and open source software tool that supports the design of cost-effective investments in watershed services. RIOS provides a standardized, science-based approach to watershed management. It combines biophysical, social, and economic data to help users identify the best locations for protection and restoration activities in order to maximize the ecological return on investment, within the bounds of what is socially and politically feasible.

Learn more about RIOS and download the tool


Need help with InVEST or RIOS?

Have questions about our software or need help with a particular issue? Check out NatCap forums and get assistance from our software team and scientists.

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Preserving nature isn't about aesthetics. It's about necessity.

An excellent article by our very own Dr. Jonathan Foley, winner of the 2014 Heinz Award in the Environment, on the Anthropocene and need to preserve our natural systems.

Read the article by Jonathan Foley in Ensia.