Regulating wetlands will always require lots of expertise in the field. However, awareness is increasing of their value in providing critical ecosystems services such as water quality filtration, flood attenuation, and community resiliency to heavy storms brought on by a changing climate. In order to plan for and enhance those critical services to our communities, accurately identifying and locating wetlands is more important than ever. Only relatively recently have methods using aerial photography been deemed acceptable for mapping wetlands, and even so, the process is traditionally very manual labor intensive. And that means time and money.
With ongoing advances in remote data collection and geospatial processing using expert systems, the potential exists to make very accurate, high resolution mapping of green infrastructure like wetlands accessible and affordable to communities. And we can get it done in timeframes that can actually help you influence your plans to protect and enhance your critical green infrastructure.