In addition to the Biodiversity footprint tool, GLOBIO3 and Clue models, Plansup has experience with the following models:

  • Spatial Multi Criteria Analysis
  • InVest
  • SWAT

Therefore Plansup can provide support with the application of these models in your organization or with the evaluation of them in case you wonder if they will be suitable for your purpose.

Spatial Multi Criteria Analysis

Environmental decision-making involves the identification and comparison of different alternatives based on multiple objectives and criteria. This calls for a framework to integrate factual information on effects and impacts, with values and preferences of stakeholders. Multicriteria analysis (MCA) offers such a framework, and it is increasingly used in combination with GIS (Spatial Multi Criteria Analysis, SMCA).

SMCA courses are provided by e.g. the university of Trento in Italy and the Faculty of Geo Information Science and Earth Observation (ITC) in the Netherlands. Plansup can also provide customized SMCA training within your organization.

There are many publications on the use of SMCA. To mention a few:

J. Hill et all. 2014: Multi-criteria decision analysis in spatial decision support: the ASSESS analytic hierarchy process and the role of quantitative methods and spatially explicit analysis

R. Greene et all. 2011 GIS-Based Multiple-Criteria Decision Analysis


The Integrated Valuation of Environmental Services and Tradeoffs (InVEST) is a free and open-source software suite to inform and improve natural resource management and investment decisions. InVEST quantifies, maps, and values the goods and services from nature that contribute to sustaining and fulfilling human life.

InVEST’s modular toolset enables users to quantify, visualize and compare the delivery of key ecosystem services under different scenarios of land, water, and marine uses. Outputs describe natural resources in terms of their biophysical supply, the service they provide humans, or their projected socioeconomic value. These outputs provide a framework for governments, corporations, development banks, conservation organizations and other decision makers to evaluate the impacts of their decisions on the environment and on human well-being.

InVEST currently includes 17 models that analyze different aspects of marine and terrestrial environments. Detailed information on InVest and all included models, including manuals and downloads of the models can be extracted from the InVest website.


The Soil and Water Assessment Tool (SWAT) is a public domain model jointly developed by USDA Agricultural Research Service (USDA-ARS) and Texas A&M AgriLife Research. SWAT is a small watershed to river basin-scale model to simulate the quality and quantity of surface and ground water and predict the environmental impact of land use, land management practices, and climate change. SWAT is widely used in assessing soil erosion prevention and control, non-point source pollution control and regional management in watersheds.

More information on SWAT and included models, manuals and other documentation can be extracted from the SWAT website.


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