Natural Resources Management & Environmental Informatics

Our experts possess the know-how required to address our clients’ needs relevant to natural resources management, e.g. surveys, management and development planning, and approval management related to construction projects.

Data analysis and the presentation of the results in maps are performed using individual database applications and geographic information systems (GIS).

Baseline Data Collection, Surveys
  • Baseline data collection in the field: faunistic and vegetation surveys
  • Habitat mapping, FFH mapping, tree registers, mapping of neophytes and non-native species, air quality surveys
  • Long-term ecological monitoring: species monitoring, habitat monitoring, FFH monitoring
  • Camera-based observation of ecologically valuable species/objects (webcam-based observation including data recording and real-time data transmission)
Management and Development Planning
  • Habitat management plans in compliance with European and German regulations (e.g. European Habitats Directive), monitoring plans, grazing concepts, beaver management plans, species protection concepts, cultural resources management plans
Approval Planning
  • Accompanying landscape management plans (accompanying landscape plan, “environmental reports nature conservation”), protected species impact assessments (saP), FFH compatibility studies, environmental impact assessments
  • Impact provisions, planning of compensation measures, preparation of management concepts, environmental monitoring accompanying construction projects, assessment of effectiveness of projects, monitoring programs
Habitat Improvement, Renaturation and Compensation Measures
  • Implementation of projects aimed at habitat improvement: shrub removal, creation of additional habitat structures, installation of bird nesting platforms/boxes, bat boxes, etc.
  • Design and performance of watercourse renaturation, planning and implementation of fish ladders
  • Revegetation and compensation measures to compensate for construction-related impacts
Remote Sensing
  • Generation of high-quality geo-referenced aerial images and pictures of individual objects using a remotely controlled “datacopter” (octocopter), exploration of areas subject to limited access, habitat and vegetation mapping
  • Processing and data evaluation/analysis
Databases
  • Development of database applications using MS Access, SQL server, and PostgreSQL
  • Database administration and database management
  • Editing/update of existing database systems and data inventory
  • Development of database/GIS applications in order to facilitate optimal user management of spatial data (species and vegetation surveys)
Geographical Information Systems (GIS)
  • Geodata management using proprietary software: ESRI-ArcGIS, AUTO-CAD, Microstation
  • Geodata management using open-source software: GRASS, QGIS, Saga
  • Geodata collection in the field using GPS devices characterized by sub-meter accuracy and field computers
  • Preparation of map layouts using ArcMap
  • Development of GIS applications using ArcObjects (VBA, VB.Net) and automated geodata processing using Python in ArcGIS
  • Development of web/GIS applications using open-source software (OpenLayers, GeoServer, PostgreSQL & PostGIS
Feasibility Studies
  • Assessment/analysis of requirements and synergies for the production of energy plants, the reuse of landfills, and nature conservation issues
Environmental Awareness
  • Design of leaflets and flyers addressing key topics related to ecology and the environment, creation of educational trails