Brodhead, WI (PRWEB) July 11, 2012
Applied Ecological Services is poised to revolutionize the way ecosystems are measured and assessed. In partnership with Ayres Associates, of Madison, AES has purchased a high resolution multispectral aerial camera capable of acquiring color and near-infrared imagery that allows for unprecedented detail.
Applications range from remote sensing of vegetation systems at large scales to even monitoring the health of individual trees in urban streetscapes and parks, for example.
With this state-of-the-art technology, efficiently packaged in a new model Leica camera, installed in a small airplane that is capable of flying ‘low and slow’ over the landscape, AES truly brings ecological assessment into the space age.
“The very high resolution imagery allows our ecologists to economically and efficiently measure, manage and restore ecosystems using detailed and accurate data that otherwise would take weeks to collect in the field,” said Steven I. Apfelbaum, AES founder and senior ecologist.
This imagery offers ground-breaking application in the field of invasive species detection and management. Examples include the evaluation of invasive Phragmites, also called giant reed grass, on Great Lakes shorelines or Gulf Coast coastal marshes, as well as exotic honeysuckle or buckthorn shrubs that are contributing to the demise of oak forests and other valuable ecosystems throughout the U. S.
AES and Ayres offer rapid mobilization, cost effective image acquisition, and ecological analysis to support projects and client needs. The technology is particularly well suited for time-sensitive situations, such as the detection and mapping of toxic spills or finding pipeline leaks, and it has been used successfully in mapping and providing precise spatial guidance for clean-up actions.
“The technology is unparalleled in its ability to efficiently evaluate vegetation over large areas,” said Apfelbaum. “The near infrared band makes it ideal for formulating spectral ‘signatures’ that can be correlated with specific plant species, plant communities, seasonal growth phases (phenology), long term ecological changes, or plant health and stress. With resolution as fine as 2-inches, images contain astonishing detail and can actually be used to support precise on-the-ground measurements.”
Such enhanced imagery allows AES to identify failing septic symptoms, map impacts of environmental toxins, address water quality issues such as erosion and stormwater runoff, measure impervious lands in a municipality for improving stormwater and flood management, and map critical habitat and endangered plant species.
The technology brings dramatic innovation to the task of monitoring for ecological restorations, wetland mitigations, conservation easements, and more.
From urban landscapes to wildernesses, aquatic to terrestrial environments, and from time-sensitive projects to long-term monitoring, AES anticipates many expanded applications of multi-spectral high resolution imagery.
These applications will not only allow the firm to keep up with emerging, and often larger scale, environmental challenges, but also proactively expand the ability of AES to help clients as they address challenges of the twenty-first century.
For more information about aerial imagery services, please visit http://www.appliedeco.com