Applied Ecological Services

Applications

This imagery has unprecedented capabilities for plant species stress detection, mapping extent and distribution of exotic species invasions, characterizing vegetation community types and annual/seasonal monitoring of restoration program success. Check out this link for a comprehensive list of ecological applications using this imagery.

General

  • Long- and short-term ecological change
  • Quantification of plant cover, bare ground, surface soil composition (rock, sand, etc) Disaster response: flooding , fire, landslide
  • Soils and geological mapping

Vegetation

  • Invasive-species mapping and monitoring in terrestrial and aquatic settings.
  • Critical habitat, special-status plant and animal surveying.
  • Bank erosion and impairment measurements
  • Vegetation density, diversity, vigor, and stress in natural lands or agriculture lands
  • Forest Management/Disturbance

Aquatic

  • Algal growth and abundance
  • Stream and river levee conditions
  • Geomorphic conditions
  • Riparian buffers and floodplain
  • Aquatic vegetation Invasive-aquatic-plant obstruction
  • Water quality, including turbidity
  • Flotsam and erosion and sediment deposition

Urban Infrastructure

  • Tree-canopy, impervious-area and cover-type mapping
  • Road and infrastructure inspection and condition
  • Sanitary infrastructure
  • Imperviousness measurements
  • Watershed and Stormwater
  • Best Management Practice (BMP) strategies
  • Impervious cover and watershed sensitivity analysis
  • Stormwater and flood reduction

Regulatory

  • Compliance surveillance, monitoring and reporting
  • Failed septic systems or/or utilities
  • Planning for parks, open space, greenways, developments and conservation