Our in-house Mapping Department is involved in most of our projects. The data is collected and analyzed before being geographically defined in physical space. Data location is established in terms of map projections or coordinate systems. This spatial data brings crucial added value, that we integrate to our specifically developed tools, techniques and products and that we use in our working methods.
This know how relies on 25 years experience of spatial analysis, thematic and field knowledge and map use. It is widely acknowledged. Our mapping departement is also called upon more directly in relation with its acquired skills and field knowledge and its experience of tropical environments, in the framework of more specific projects where spatial focus is the primary request.
The main tool used in the Mapping Department is the GIS (Geographic Information System), a modern solution mixing data management and data storage, spatial analysis (sets of more or less complex data queries and processing operations concerning data location), mapping and plotting of the resulting data.
Base data include field GPS recordings, high and very high resolution satellite imagery, existing data sets or newly compiled data deriving from processed source data.
Our Mapping Department developed the applied visual interpretation of aerial photographs in stereoscopic pairs (3Dimensional vision), which enables a very fine analysis of the tropical forest types. Within the same forest area, up to 15 forest types can that way be differentiated, identified and demarcated on our maps.
- Design and monitoring of studies and projects
- Quality management (data level, technical methods or project monitoring)
- Structuration and set up of Geographic Information System withing private companies or public institutions (central administrations or deconcentrated services)
- Training and skills capacity building
- Spatial Analysis (GIS and remote sensing)
- Field Missions for data gathering and ground truthing
Projects: Logical Framework, Quality Approach, Action Plan
Approach: Geomatics, GIS, Remote Sensing, Spatial Analysis, Data Base, Georeferenced Data Infrastructure (GDI)
Mapping: Forest Stratification, Sampling Plan, Interpolation of results, Participative Mapping, Management Plan