Data Sources for InVEST
The following databases provide potential sources of spatial data and parameter values for InVEST models. Both databases are works in progress, and we are continuing to fill in missing information and add new data sources. Please submit any additions or corrections to email@example.com.
This Microsoft Excel file contains data sources of spatial data that may be of use for InVEST models. Data includes land use/land cover maps, digital elevation models, climate data, soil properties and more. Nearly all data listed is freely accessible.
We have assembled potential parameter values for InVEST sediment and nutrient models based on a global literature review in a Microsoft Access database. Here we provide the raw values collected from the literature and allow the user to select values from certain land cover types or geographic areas in order to choose the parameter values that are most appropriate for their desired application.
For more information about how these data were collected and interpreted, including important limitations, please read these peer-reviewed articles:
Integrating conservation and development in the field: implementing ecosystem service projects
Heather Tallis, Rebecca Goldman, Melissa Uhl, and Berry Brosi
Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment 7,1: 12-20. (2009)
A Critical Analysis of Ecosystem Services as a Tool in Conservation Projects: The Possible Perils, the Promises, and the Partnerships
Rebecca Goldman, Heather Tallis
Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences 1162: 63-78. (2009)
Field evidence that ecosystem service projects support biodiversity and diversify options
Rebecca L. Goldman, Heather Tallis, Peter Kareiva, Gretchen C. Daily.
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, USA 105, 27: 9445-9448. (2008)