Because people worldwide need and want to live and work near water, and because coastal ecological systems are as sensitive and dynamic as they are, the land-water interface on freshwater and saltwater coasts is immensely important.
Ecologically. Financially. And for a myriad of health, safety, sustainability, and quality of life reasons.
In recent years, AES ecologists and geospatial professionals have combined expertise to conduct some of the most promising GIS-based aerial imaging and analysis work for the coasts of the Great Lakes and Gulf of Mexico.
Projects range from advanced aerial imaging and remote sensing with objectives for invasive species control, to studies for the restoration of Louisiana’s coastal Cajun Prairie, identification of Great Lakes coastal hazards, GIS landscape assessment modeling for the Great Lakes basin, web-based shoreline imaging of Lake Superior, coastal wildlife studies, and design/build restorations of Great Lakes remnant ecological communities.
- Comprehensive Ecological Consulting
- Multispectral Aerial Imaging + Mapping
- Remote Sensing + Analysis
- Vegetation Mapping
- Planning + Design
- Ecosystem Restoration Services
- Project Management
Coastal ecology is interesting because of the extreme dynamism of these unique systems, and the variable impacts of climate and human development.
AES Chairman Steve Apfelbaum has lectured on the subject of coastal ecology at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design for many years, and has studied coastal environs from Venezuela to Alaska.
Science, applied to coastal planning in particular, is important for convergence on solutions to issues requiring multiple disciplines and very local perspectives.
Science, applied on-the-ground in coastal areas, results in stabilized urban dunal communities, ravine restorations, rare species protection, and healthy ecological public parks and amenities.