Darcy Visscher (@TheKingsU) hooked me on this story @theACTWS 2019 conference when he mentioned porcupines can live up to 18 years (!) Also, there are not many 14-year datasets around, collected by kids, in which a major predator re-colonizes mid-study. pbs.org/wnet/nature/bl… Retweeted by Fiera Biological

GIS and Remote Sensing

We are leaders in applying aerial and satellite multi-spectral imagery to remotely derive ecological information for site-specific, and landscape level scales.

Remote sensing uses aerial and satellite sensors to observe and collect information without disturbing the object or area we’re interested in. This method provides us with detailed information and measurements of earth surface dynamics, natural resources and their management as well as a range of environmental conditions and processes.

Remote sensing is ideally suited to assess and monitor areas that are spread out over large geographic areas. Information is automatically collected and processed, allowing for a rapid, detailed and accurate assessment of natural, physical, and biotic features and processes.

At Fiera, we use information about land surfaces from satellite and aerial imagery and analyze it using Geographic Information Systems (GIS), allowing for the analysis of complex spatial and temporal patterns and trends across every size of land, from as quarter section to the continent.

We also combine remote sensing and GIS technologies with traditional on the ground field techniques, enabling us to quickly monitor and assess large areas over multiple time periods. This allows us to record and explore how phenomena change over both space and time, expanding the reach of field-based studies.

Our method means our clients get the information they need in a timely manner without sacrificing detail. This is particularly useful where cost and ease of access may inhibit large-scale field monitoring programs.

Detailed remote sensing assessments can also be used to select sites for field studies by selecting sites that are of special concern or representative of the entire region of interest. Remote sensing provides our field personnel with the most accurate and up-to-date information on the best field site locations and provides a broader context of the study region as a whole.

Recent developments in remote sensing capabilities now allow us to collect highly detailed information on both surface elevation (using active sensors such as LiDAR) and the composition of the land surfaces. Passive spectral sensors can capture fine scale, highly detailed data on the characteristics of the Earth’s surface.

All this makes remote sensing the best choice for environmental monitoring and assessments such as:

  • Land cover mapping
  • Species inventories
  • Forest monitoring
  • Deforestation mapping
  • Tree height and density mapping
  • Vegetation health monitoring
  • Monitoring remediation efforts
  • Watershed protection
  • Flood plain mapping
  • Wetland mapping and monitoring
  • Change detection
  • Urban mapping
  • Hydrologic modeling