Technology of Ecology
At Great Ecology, we utilize various technologies to support the execution of our full range of services. These technologies are critical tools that allow us to gather more information about a project site, dive deeper into data, understand the short- and long-term response to design, develop impactful outreach materials, and more. As a consulting firm on the cutting edge of ecological methodologies, we are committed to incorporating the latest and greatest in technology throughout the Great Ecology ecosystem. We highlight a few of these "technologies of ecology" below.
Geographic Information System (GIS)
What is GIS?
Esri, the leading provider of GIS software, describes GIS as "a framework for gathering, managing, and analyzing data." It allows us to analyze spatial location and organize layers of information into visual maps and 3D renderings, revealing deeper insights into data, such as patterns, relationships, and situations. In short, GIS is the technology we use to perform environmental modeling.
What is Environmental Modeling?
Environmental modeling is a powerful tool that allows us to see the unseen. Whether analyzing the water cycle, nutrient cycle, community succession, or energy flow, environmental modeling reveals meaningful insights into the past, present, and future of a location. Advancements in mapping technology are allowing for previously qualitative environmental attributes to be described quantitatively, leading to a greater understanding of ecological processes, limitations, and potential. At Great Ecology, we integrate environmental modeling into projects to improve restoration strategy, design, monitoring, and management, while developing a deeper understanding of the ecological dependencies and emergent properties of the area.
Great Ecology & GIS
Great Ecology utilizes state-of-the-art ArcGIS software from Esri to facilitate a range of environmental services across multiple industries. We combine the capabilities of GIS with our expertise in ecological consulting to craft innovative, data-driven solutions and compelling narratives for stakeholder communication. By integrating GIS applications across the Great Ecology spectrum, we can expedite processes, identify potential impacts to projects before execution, more accurately define project timelines, and often provide cost savings for our clients.
We provide a continuously evolving range of environmental GIS solutions including:
- Habitat Suitability Modeling
- Watershed Analysis & Modeling
- Topographic Analysis
- Contamination Mapping
- Multi-factor Screening & Anaysis
- 3D Visualization
- Remote Sensing Data Collection
- Data Inventory, Harvesting, & Modeling
- Geodatabase Development
Select GIS Projects
- New York & New Jersey Sea Level Rise Planning
- Denver Parks & Rec Landscape Typology
- Town of Erie Landscape Typology & Open Space Management
- Southern California Solar Site Visual Impact Analysis
- New Jersey Industrial Site Natural Resource Damage Assessment
- New York City Container Terminal Mitigation Strategy
Great Ecology & Renderings
Renderings are a critical tool that we use in our landscape architecture, green infrastructure, and restoration projects, as well as for site permitting efforts and public outreach. Whether for urban park restorations or semi-rural brownfield redevelopments, our renderings help to inform site design, highlight ecological features, and demonstrate the long term effects of project implementation, such as damage (or lack thereof) to local viewsheds.