MESH: Mapping Ecosystem Services to Human well-being

Mapping Ecosystem Services to Human well-being – MESH – is an ecosystem service assessment, mapping and reporting toolkit to enable sustainable decision making among governments, non-profits and businesses. MESH is an integrative modelling framework that calculates ecosystem service production functions and maps ecosystem service provision under different landscape management scenarios. The base model of MESH integrates and extends ecosystem service models from the Natural Capital Project’s ‘InVEST’ toolkit into a graphical framework (Figure 1) and includes methods to automatically create input data, define scenarios and visualize outputs (without the need to use, e.g., ArcGIS). Development is underway to integrate models from King’s College London’s ‘WaterWorld’ policy support tool. Other models can easily be incorporated into MESH via a model plugin framework.

MESH is hosted by The Natural Capital Project at naturalcapitalproject.org/mesh were you can download the most recent stable release. Please see forums.naturalcapitalproject.org to discuss MESH or request support. The most recent development release of MESH and links to data can be found on this page.

Example MESH Project on the Sustainable Development Goals

MESH Conceptual Model

Documentation

MESH is still in the beta development stage and the current MESH documentation is not yet comprehensive. Note that because MESH combines existing InVEST models, many questions can be addressed by reading the InVEST users’ guide on the specific models you wish to run.

MESH 5-Minute Tutorial

Here’s a horribly low-quality demo video I  created. Note that it’s on a slightly dated version of MESH but still illustrates the basic work-flow.