Aerial imaging and remote sensing services from Applied Ecological Services and Ayres Associates is the perfect solution for ecological assessments and monitoring. These include invasive species management, utility corridor mapping, forestry, mining, water resources and restoration planning projects. Our Leica RCD30 aerial camera, mounted on our Cessna plane, allows AES and Ayres to provide rapid mobilization and cost-effective aerial acquisition services throughout the U.S.
Our eye may be in the sky, but our ecologists, engineers and landscape architects are firmly grounded in the use and implementation of imaging technology. A combination of technical expertise and a clear understanding of ecological interactions ensures your maximum utility of these imaging tools.
By strategically matching our camera size (medium format) to typical natural resources and conservation project areas, we can deliver efficient and affordable imagery to the conservation field. The strategic partnership between AES and Ayres streamlines image acquisition and processing, matching the use of the imagery to necessary accuracy standards.
It is critical to utilize the right camera to deliver accurate, high-quality results. Our camera provides the infrared (IR) band, which is essential for vegetation and natural resource mapping applications. Image resolutions range from 2-inch ground sample distance (GSD) to 24-inch GSD, which enables us to match the appropriate scale and image resolution to the specific mapping need. High resolution delivers maximum manual interpretation and crisp, clear pictures. Lower resolution is used for maximum coverage as well as key remote sensing, classification work and feature mapping.
By applying an understanding of phenology and events associated with ecological interactions, we can pinpoint image acquisition to achieve key mapping goals. In many cases, cost-effective acquisition allows us to collect multi-temporal imagery, providing an effective solution for sequence mapping and change analysis.