InVEST models can be run independently, or as script tools in the ArcGIS ArcToolBox environment. GIS mapping software is required to view results.
Each model requires specific data inputs (see “Data Needs” in the InVEST User’s Guide). It is also useful to consult local experts and peer-reviewed publications to gather required data inputs.
Each InVEST model provides different data outputs. For example, Habitat Risk Assessment evaluates anthropogenic risk factors to marine and terrestrial environment, whereas Marine Fish Aquaculture provides an estimate of harvest weight of farmed salmon and the value.
The Stanford team at NatCap has been working with Unilever, innovating using the models in the InVEST platform to address global supply chain questions.
The Coca-Cola Company, alongside The World Wildlife Fund and University of Minnesota NatCap team, is conducting ecosystem service assessments that build off the InVEST models to inform decisions about best management practices for corn production.