GIS and Mapping
Geographic Information Systems (GIS) allow us to store, organize, and analyze data. CEC is extremely knowledgeable of how to utilize GIS as a tool for better conservation and management of natural resources. CEC also has data collection capabilities through use of GPS devices and the ability to generate and analyze remote sensing data.
Creating maps for that provide information to a reader about natural resources data is key in analysis, planning, and reporting. CEC also believes that presenting aesthetically-pleasing products is just as important and always strives to provide such products to clients.
Presently, GIS is an integral part of natural resource data analysis. CEC is highly knowledgeable of how to use GIS as a way to overlay datasets and analyze trends, run program tools, and create models catered to your questions. CEC commonly uses GIS to analyze project impacts to species and habitat.
CEC uses the most updated technology to document natural resources during surveys. Staff are intimately familiar with Trimble GPS products and software programs such as Terraflex, Terrasync, ArcCollector, and ArcMap. CEC is also capable of creating data dictionaries for better organized data collection that requires little post-field processing.
CEC has partners that are capable of mapping and characterizing vegetation data which can then be ground-truthed and fine tuned by experienced ecologists and GIS analysts. Remote sensing vegetation community data can be very useful for environmental planning and management purposes. For example, it can be used to map and track vegetation communities over time or identify habitat for plants and wildlife species.