Remote Sensing Analysis

Cost-effective methods for tracking environmental conditions over large areas and long periods

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M&A applies a variety of satellite image processing techniques to track surface water conditions, assess the extent of vegetation, identify areas of groundwater surface water interaction, document land uses, and understand geologic features. Because satellite images allow us to distinguish — and measure — surface features at the resolution dictated by project needs, remote sensing is particularly useful in areas where ground access is impractical or where the required coverage area is large.

Because many remote sensing satellites now have up to several decades of data available, we can identify and analyze both naturally occurring and human-induced landscape changes such as wildfire response and reductions in riparian ecosystems. This information provides a baseline for comparison with future imagery to assess potential impacts of activities in the project area.