Ecosystem Service Interactions – Spatial Interactive Tool

A web-based decision support tool to visualise impacts of landscape management on ecosystem services

What is ESI-SIT?

ESI-SIT is a web-based decision support tool for visualising how ecosystem services may change across the landscape in response to changes in landscape management. ESI-SIT has been developed by researchers at the University of York, UK, as part of a project funded by Defra, with additional support from the NERC Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services Sustainability (BESS) programme.

Screenshot of Humberhead ESI-SIT
Screen shot of the Humberhead Levels version of ESI-SIT, showing a range of potential river management interventions

What areas does it cover?

Two versions of ESI-SIT have been developed to date, one for the Humberhead Levels Nature Improvement Area, and one for the Tees Valley.

Click on the links below to view and use the tools:

Humberhead Levels NIA

Source: Natural England

Tees Valley

Source: Tees Valley Biodiversity Partnership

How do I use ESI-SIT?

Please see the user guide to get started using ESI-SIT.

Why should I use ESI-SIT?

There is an increasing number of ecosystem service-based decision support tools potentially available for use to inform landscape management decisions. However, most of these are intensive in their demand of data and user expertise, and often require expensive licensing arrangements ESI-SIT offers the following advantages to users:

Screen shots of ESI-SIT showing (left) the potential effects on ecosystem services provided by adjacent agricultural land of reconnecting a river with a floodplain and (right) the summary of the underlying scientific evidence base for the impacts on wild species diversity.

Further development

Further development of the ESI-SIT tool is planned. If you are interested in supporting the project or becoming involved in any way, please contact us.

The project team

Piran White (Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ), Stuart Bell, Adriana Ford-Thompson, Dave Raffaelli, Corrado Topi, Jon Timmis, Carl Ritson and Becky Naylor, with assistance from Sara Capelli, Anna Dimitropolou, Catherine Stokowska and Toni Urbani