Quantifying Ecosystem Services Derived from Wetlands: The Integrated Landscape Modeling Partnership

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Mon, Mar 15, 2021 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM CST

Speaker: Dave Mushet, U.S. Geological Survey

The Integrated Landscape Modeling (ILM) partnership is an effort by the U.S. Geological Survey and U.S. Department of Agriculture to identify, evaluate, and develop models to quantify services derived from ecosystems, with a focus on wetland ecosystems and conservation effects. The ILM partnership uses the Integrated Valuation of Ecosystem Services and Tradeoffs (InVEST) modeling platform to facilitate regional quantifications of ecosystem services under various scenarios of land-cover change that are representative of differing conservation program and practice implementation scenarios. To date, the ILM InVEST partnership has resulted in capabilities to quantify carbon stores, amphibian habitat, plant-community diversity, pollination services, and grassland-bird habitat quality. Initial InVEST modeling has been focused on the Prairie Pothole Region of the United States; future efforts will encompass other regions as data availability and knowledge increase as to how functions affecting ecosystem services differ among regions.

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March 15, 2021