Planning and Mapping

Important steps in implementing green infrastructure include planning the location, amount and type of practices, along with surveying existing green infrastructure and developing objectives in order to receive maximum benefits from a project. Here is a list of tools and resources that can help you plan and map green infrastructure in your community.

GeoDesign (mapping tools)

GeoDesign is a concept that uses GIS technologies to design, analyze and compare planning scenarios. To learn more about GeoDesign visit:

ESRI ArcGIS Online. GeoPlanner.

This GIS application allows users to geodesign, test and compare different scenarios within the program. GeoPlanner is an effective tool for visualizing different scenarios, analyzing their benefits and drawbacks, and allowing people to collaborate on projects.

As an example, a Sea Grant-sponsored project used GeoPlanner to create green infrastructure scenarios for a section of the watershed that drains to Willow Creek on the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus with the goal of mitigating increases in annual precipitation and severe precipitation events that are expected in Wisconsin. The project placed different green infrastructure practices on maps in GeoPlanner to determine the amount of stormwater each scenario could capture or infiltrate and the expected total cost.

Green infrastructure scenarios for an area on the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus, created using GeoPlanner

ESRI ArcGIS Online. ArcGIS Collector App.

This data collection app from the ESRI software ArcGIS enables users to gather geographic information using their mobile devices. The app accurately captures location and photos, videos, and audio recordings can also be uploaded and included as field observations.

ArcGIS Collector App
Source: Geographic Technologies Group

Wisconsin Sea Grant, 2020. Comparison Between Survey Forms

This document compares a few different survey collection platforms on a variety of factors, ranging from their ability to collect data in the field to collect data from widespread users with online forms. This may help the user identify which format is right for them.


Wisconsin Sea Grant, 2020. Collection of Green Infrastructure Stormwater Capture and Infiltration Capacities

An internally generated spreadsheet with stormwater capture and infiltration capacities for twelve green infrastructure practices, accumulated from a variety of online sources. 

Spreadsheet of green infrastructure stormwater capture and infiltration capacities