Tools

AHP in ArcGIS

P 1.1 is an ArcGIS extension which performs a criteria weight determination according to the well known Analytic Hierarchy Process (AHP). Powerful tool for the creation of suitability maps (spatial planning, risk mapping and more). Manual and some…

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AHP-OWO

The AHP-OWA module brings the capabilities of two major procedures of Analytical Hierarchy Process and Linguistic Quantifier Ordered Weighted Averaging into ArcGIS environment for spatial decision making problem solving.

Overview: This tool integ…

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ARIES

ARIES (Artificial Intelligence for Ecosystem Services) is a web-based technology offered to users worldwide to assist rapid ecosystem service assessment and valuation (ESAV). Its purpose is to make environmental decisions easier and more effective…

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Atlantis

Atlantis is an ecosystem box-model intended for use in management strategy evaluation. It was originally developed in Australia, but is increasingly used in the USA as well. The overall structure of Atlantis is based around having multiple alterna…

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Biomapper

Biomapper is a kit of GIS- and statistical tools designed to build habitat suitability (HS) models and maps for any kind of animal or plant. It is centred on the Ecological Niche Factor Analysis (ENFA) that allows to compute HS models without the …

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BTM

BTM (Benthic Terrain Modeller) functions as an interactive toolbar within ArcMap, and relies on a methodology to analyze benthic terrain from input multibeam bathymetry in ESRI's GRID (raster) format. The BTM toolbar contains a set of tools that a…

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BVMtool

BVMtool (Tool for marine biological valuation mapping) is a set of R scripts automating marine biological valuation calculations based on the biological valuation concept as developed by Derous et al. 2007 and described by Deneudt et al. 2013. Bas…

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C-PLAN

C-Plan is an interactive decision support system for conservation planning. It links with GIS to map options for achieving explicit conservation targets It can be used as:

  • an interactive tool during negotiations over land use planning;
  • a tool …
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CLUZ

Conservation Land-Use Zoning software (CLUZ) is an ArcView GIS interface that allows users to design protected area networks and conservation landscapes. It can be used for on-screen planning and also acts as a link for the Marxan conservation pla…

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Connectivity Analysis Toolkit

The Connectivity Analysis Toolkit (CAT) provides conservation planners with newly-developed tools for both linkage mapping and landscape-level 'centrality' analysis. Centrality refers to a group of landscape metrics that rank the importance of sit…

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CTAM

Coastal Transects Analysis Model (CTAM) is a simple visualization and decision-support tool that can assist coastal managers, practitioners, policy makers, coastal communities and other coastal stakeholders in addressing multiple present and futur…

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DesktopGARP

Desktop GARP is a software package for biodiversity and ecologic research that allows the user to predict and analyze wild species distributions. GARP is a genetic algorithm that creates ecological niche models for species. The models describe env…

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DIVA

DIVA (Dynamic and Interactive Vulnerability Assessment) is a user-friendly tool that allows its users to produce consistent quantitative information on a range of social, ecological, and economic coastal impact indicators based on user-selected cl…

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DPSIR

The differential DPSIR (Drivers, Pressure, State, Impact, Response) is a tool for integrated ecosystem management and was developed to evaluate impacts on the coastal environment. It consists of an adaptation of the Drivers-Pressure-State-Impact-R…

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E-Participation

Electronic participation is a tool in the governmental planning process and are usually web-based mapping applications. It is developed to enable and facilitate public participation in complex situations. E-participation is not a public participat…

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E2K

E2K (Ecowin2000) makes use of an object-oriented programming (OOP) approach to implement ecological models for aquatic systems. The basic underlying structure is that of a spatial (1D, 2D and 3D) framework of boxes, within each of which the releva…

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EAR

By integrating biodiversity, socioeconomic and protected area datasets, the Ecosystem Assessment and Reporting Tool (EAR) provides a simple, but powerful interface designed to answer questions such as 'Which ecosystems are least protected?' 'Of th…

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EASy

EASy (Environmental Analysis System) is an advanced GIS with the capability to view, analyze and store diverse types of environmental data. EASy has been successfully used in a wide range of applications from resource management and oceanography, …

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EcoGIS

The EcoGIS project is developing a set of GIS tools to better enable both fisheries scientists and managers to adopt ecosystem approaches to fisheries management. Prototype GIS tools are being developed to address fishing effort and catch analysis…

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EcoPath

Ecopath with Ecosim (EwE) is a free ecological/ecosystem modeling software suite. EwE has three main components: Ecopath - a static, mass-balanced snapshot of the system; Ecosim - a time dynamic simulation module for policy exploration; and Ecospa…

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Ecoseed

Ecoseed is a zoning tool for the EwE software package designed to evaluate placement of protected areas. Ecoseed builds on the spatial-dynamic module of EwE, Ecospace, and is designed to consider economic, social biodiversity, and ecological crite…

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Eonfusion

Eonfusion is a new application that provides 4D analysis and visualization of time-varying spatial data. Eonfusion is unique in its ability to handle large data sets that are diverse in nature and fuse them together, enabling users to easily assem…

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ERSEM

ERSEM (European Regional Seas Ecosystem Model) is a generic model that describes the pelagic and benthic ecosystems and the coupling between them. (from: http://ebmtoolsdatabase.org/tool/ersem-european-regional-seas-ecosystem-model) ERSEM (the Eur…

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Expert Choice

Expert Choice software is designed to help decision-makers overcome the limits of the human mind to synthesize qualitative and quantitative inputs from multiple stakeholders. The result is sound analysis and clear thinking that everyone in the org…

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Fisheries Library in R

The FLR library is a collection of tools in the R statistical language that facilitates the construction of bio-economic simulation models of fisheries and ecological sytems. It is a generic toolbox, but is specifically suited for the construction…

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Fishery Analyst

Fishery Analyst is an ArcGIS 9.x extension developed to effectively analyze and visualize temporal and spatial patterns of fishery dynamics. The main functions are quantitative estimation and visualization of catch and effort and their variation i…

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GIS methods from BALANCE project

This document contains a list of GIS 'receipes' and indicator uses to evaluate mangement effectiveness. For each subject, the data requirements, step-by-step process and its use as an indicator in the assessment of management performance is descri…

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GRID

GRID (GeoReference Interactions Database) is [under development as] a web-based flexible database and tool to analyse interactions (conflicts and synergies) that has a GIS (GeoInformation System) application to analyse spatial distribution of curr…

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Habitat Digitizer Extension

The Habitat Digitizer Extension is designed to use a hierarchical classification scheme to delineate habitats by visually interpreting georeferenced images such as aerial photographs, satellite images, and side scan sonar. The extension allows use…

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Habitat Modeling Toolbox

Formerly called ArcRstats, the HabMod/ConnMod toolboxes produce multivariate habitat prediction rasters using ArcGIS and the open-source R statistical package for implementing classification and regression (CART), generalized linear models (GLM) a…

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Habitat Priority Planner

This tool aids in making decisions about conservation, restoration, and planning. The Habitat Priority Planner takes away much of the subjective nature of the process by providing a means of obtaining critical habitat analyses that are consistent,…

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HIPRE

HIPRE 3+ (Hierarchical Preference Analysis, web) is a decision support software integrating the two most well known easy-to-use decision analysis and progblem solving methods: AHP - The Analytic Hierarchy Process SMART - The Simple Multiattribute …

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Hydata Sonobuoy

The Hydata Sonobuoy is a device to determine the absolute underwater acoustic sound pressure levels from natural or anthropogencic sources in the marine environment.

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HyperNiche

HyperNiche is user-friendly software for nonparametric regression. Our primary purpose is to provide a flexible tool for multiplicative habitat modeling - habitat models where the predictors are combined multiplicatively rather than additively. Th…

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IAN

The IAN (Integration and Application Network) symbol libraries contain over 1500 custom-made vector symbols (in 32 categories) designed specifically for enhancing science communication skills. The libraries are designed primarily for use with Adob…

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IBMlib

IBMlib is a generic self-contained individual-based modelling framework able to assess marine habitat connectivity.

  • Eggs/larvae/juvenile/adults may be modelled.
  • Analyze recruitment impact of marine protected areas
  • Model the effect of anthropo…
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InVEST

InVEST, a tool that can model and map the delivery, distribution, and economic value of life-support systems (ecosystem services), well into the future. The tool will help users visualize the impacts of potential decisions, identifying tradeoffs a…

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InVitro

InVitro is an agent based ecosystem-level management strategy evaluation modelling framework. It has been specifically designed to consider multiple use management questions for the marine environment. This is a 3D process driven whole of ecoystem…

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Kepler

Kepler is a software application for the analysis and modeling of scientific data. Using Kepler's graphical interface and components, scientists with little background in computer science can create executable models called 'scientific workflow,' …

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KEPLER

Kepler is a software application for the analysis and modeling of scientific data. Using Kepler's graphical interface and components, scientists with little background in computer science can create executable models called 'scientific workflow,' …

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LINK

LINK is a set of Environmental Systems Research Institute (ESRI) ArcGIS tools designed to analyze habitat patterns across a landscape. LINK is the latest product from a series of Decision Support Systems (DSS) that uses species habitat matrices to…

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Marine Reserve And Local Fisheries Interactive Simulation

This simulation-based exercise is an educational tool that allows users to explore various factors that influence fish population viability and fishery sustainability, and experiment with the use of marine reserves as tools in fisheries management…

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MarineMap

MarineMap is a web-based decision support tool for open and participatory spatial planning in the marine environment. MarineMap offers a simple, flexible and powerful means of gathering expertise from resource managers, scientists, stakeholders an…

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MARXAN
  • Design of new reserve systems
  • Reporting on the performance of existing reserve systems
  • Developing multiple-use zoning plans for natural resource management

See Watts et al., 2009 for an extension of of Marxan called Marxan with Zones. Marxan…

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Maxent

Maxent provides a maximum-entropy approach for species habitat modeling. The software takes as input a set of layers or environmental variables (such as elevation, precipitation, etc.), as well as a set of georeferenced occurrence locations, and p…

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Mercury

Mercury is a Web-based system to search for metadata and retrieve associated data. Mercury incorporates a number of important features. Mercury

  • Invokes a new paradigm for managing dynamic distributed scientific data and metadata
  • Provides a sin…
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Methods for Governance analysis

The methods outlined here can be used to collect information under the main headings of the governance analysis framework, particularly the cross-cutting themes and sub-themes identified in the case study. The first two methods can be used in the …

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MGET

Marine Geospatial Ecology Tools (MGET), also known as the GeoEco Python package, is an open source geoprocessing toolbox designed for coastal and marine researchers and GIS analysts who work with spatially-explicit ecological and oceanographic dat…

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MIDAS

MIDAS (Marine Integrated Decision Analysis System) offers managers and other users of MMAs (marine managed areas) around the world the capability to analyze outcomes that result from the interaction of governance, socioeconomic and ecological fact…

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MIMES

The Multi-scale Integrated Models of Ecosystem Services (MIMES) is a suite of models for land use change and marine spatial planning decision making. The models quantify the effects of land and sea use change on ecosystem services and can be run a…

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Miradi

The Miradi software tool (formerly e-Adaptive Management) helps conservation practitioners implement the Open Standards for the Practice of Conservation. Miradi provides an easy-to-use, interview-style interface that walks a project team through e…

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MORPHO

Morpho helps scientists to create and manage data, and to share it with others. Morpho allows scientists to create metadata, (i.e. describe their data in a standardized format), and create a catalog of data & metadata that can be used to query, ed…

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MSVPA-X

The MSVPA-X model (Multispecies Virtual Population Analysis) is a trophic dynamics model focusing on interactions between fish species within exploited communities. The primary output is time and age-variant predation mortality rates for all model…

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NAMEM

NAMEM (Network Analyst for Marine Ecosystem-based Management) performs large-scale connectivity analysis of marine habitats using recent advances in the application of network theory to source-sink population structures. A simple wizard interface …

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NatureServeVista

ArcView 9.x extension that provides a conservation planning framework helps users integrate conservation with land use and resource planning of all types Vista was specifically designed to support non-GIS and non-conservation experts to assist int…

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NEMO

NEMO is an ocean modelling framework which is composed of 'engines' nested in an 'environment'. The 'engines' provide numerical solutions of ocean, sea-ice, tracers and biochemistry equations and their related physics. The 'environment' consists o…

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Netica

Netica is a powerful, easy-to-use, complete program for working with belief networks and influence diagrams. It has an intuitive and smooth user interface for drawing the networks, and the relationships between variables may be entered as individu…

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OCEAN

The OCEAN framework is comprised of a suite of tools that includes GIS databases, analyses, and decision support systems for spatial analysis and interpretation of ecological and socioeconomic data. It allows scientists, managers, and communities …

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Open OceanMap

Open OceanMap is a data collection tool used to collect local expert knowledge in support of marine spatial planning. Open OceanMap allows the user to collect and compile ecological and economic data through an intuitive 100-pennies stakeholder in…

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PANDA

(Protected Areas Network Design Application for ArcGIS ). A stand-alone application developed using Visual Basic and ArcObjects. It was developed to provide a user friendly framework for systematic protected areas network design to ArcGIS users.

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PAT

Protected Area Tools (PAT) v. 2.0. The majority of the work that goes into a protected area gap assessment involves the spatial delineation and critical evaluation of habitats/species, protected areas, and risks to focal habitats. The Protected Ar…

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PATHMATRIX

PATHMATRIX is a tool to compute matrices of effective geographic distances among samples, based on a least-cost path algorithm. Punctual locations (points) or zones encompassing sample data points (polygons) are used in conjunction with a species-…

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POLCOMS

POLCOMS (Proudman Oceanographic Laboratory Coastal-Ocean Modelling System) is a POL community model system developed with the assistance of the NERC High Performance Computing Initiative, specifically Mike Ashworth at the Daresbury Laboratory and …

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RAMAS GIS

RAMAS GIS is designed to link your GIS with a metapopulation model for population viability analysis and extinction risk assessment. Habitats used by most species are becoming increasingly fragmented, requiring a metapopulation modeling approach t…

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SDM

Spatial Data Modeller, SDM, is a collection of geoprocessing tools for adding categorical maps with interval, ordinal, or ratio scale maps to produce a predictive map of where something of interest is likely to occur. The tools include the data-dr…

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SimCoast

SimCoast is a fuzzy logic rule-based expert system designed to enable researchers, managers and decision-makers to create and evaluate different policy scenarios for coastal zone management. It aims to combine traditional and advanced specialist k…

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SimLab

SimLab provides a free development framework for Sensitivity and Uncertainty Analysis. SimLab is a professional tool for model developers, scientists and professionals, to learn, use and exploit uncertainty and sensitivity analysis techniques. The…

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SPAM

SPAM (Sandeel Population Analysis Model) is a spatial explicit process-oriented scenario simulation tool to study the influence of various environmental, climate and anthropogenic factors on sandeel stocks. Sandeel stocks, being mid-trophic in the…

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SUNTANS

SUNTANS is an advanced coastal numerical model. It solves the Navier-Stokes equation under the Boussinesq approximation. Its main strengths are that it is unstructured, non-hydrostatic and uses parallel computers.

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Sustainability indicator tool

The Wadden Sea Region “Sustainability indicator tool” measures the status of sustainable development, as well as progress in achieving identified sustainability objectives. The tool is based on a three-level system of (sub)indicators, level three …

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Terobuoy wave action gauge

The Terobuoy wave action gauge is a tool designed to provide a reliable proxy measurement of wave energy intensity and direction within the intertidal zone on high energy coastlines. It consists of a mechanical device and analysis methodology to p…

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WEMo

WEMo (Wave Exposure Model) is a simple hydrodynamic model that calculates the wind wave exposure of a site (Murphey and Fonseca 1995, Fonseca and Bell 1998). WEMo helps coastal managers and ecologists with tasks of estimate wave parameters in coas…

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Zonae Cogito

Zonae Cogito is a decision support system to run Marxan and C-Plan analyses and view their results. It is freely available and incorporates open source GIS software components to eliminate the need for commercial GIS software. Some examples of the…

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Zonation

Zonation is a framework for large-scale conservation planning. Zonation can be used for various purposes such as the identification of near-optimal reserve networks, identification of expansions for reserve networks, assessment of proposed reserve…

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