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Social Values for Ecosystem Services (SolVES)

Social Values for Ecosystem Services (SolVES)

Social Values for Ecosystem Service (SolVES) is a GIS tool that can be used to incorporate non-monetary social value information into the spatial context of ecosystem services assessment. SolVES is designed to assess, map, and quantify social values for ecosystems, like aesthetics, biodiversity, and recreation. Social values are analyzed for various stakeholder groups as distinguished by their attitudes and preferences regarding public uses. SolVES derives a quantitative, 10-point, social-values metric, the Value Index, from a combination of spatial and nonspatial responses to public attitude and preference surveys and calculates metrics characterizing the underlying environment.

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