Why is ecological monitoring necessary?Ecological monitoring is essential for identifying changes occurring due to both natural processes and direct human impact. By conducting ecological monitoring, it becomes possible to track and assess the changes and potential impacts on the environment. It helps in understanding the effects of human activities on nature and ecosystems, identifying potential risks to the environment, and making informed decisions for sustainable development.
Ecological monitoring encompasses the observation of various environmental components, including soil and water resources, air quality, biological resources, and mineral resources. This holistic approach allows for a comprehensive understanding of the environment and helps in developing effective environmental management and conservation strategies.
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Goals and Objectives of Environmental Monitoring:
The goal of environmental monitoring is to promptly track anthropogenic and non-anthropogenic changes in the state of the environment.
Objectives of environmental monitoring:
- Monitoring the state of the environment;
- Generating informational data on the current state of the external environment and its degree of pollution;
- Conducting large-scale observations of anthropogenic impact factors;
- Forecasting trends in changes to the natural environment;
- Identifying sources of anthropogenic influence and organizing observations of them;
- Forecasting and controlling natural disasters and technological accidents.
Advantages of Using Remote Sensing Data in Environmental Monitoring
Space remote sensing using satellite imagery allows:
- Prompt identification of focal points and the nature of changes in the environment.
- Covering extensive, including hard-to-reach, territories in one moment in time;
- Practically continuous tracking of changes and dynamics in environmental processes;
Remote sensing using Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) allows:
- Prompt identification of focal points and the nature of changes in the environment on small land plots. (It is expedient for use in local environmental monitoring - monitoring the impact of a specific anthropogenic source.)
- Researching territories within minutes instead of several months, as with traditional methods.
Prices for services
The cost of execution is calculated on an individual basis, taking into account a specific of task.
After receiving the task description, we calculate the cost and send you a commercial offer.
Period of executionHarmonization of issues and applied images: from 1 to 15*
Contract conclusion: 1 to 3
Receipt of images: 1 to 5**
Image processing: from 10 to 35
Deep automated remote sensing data analysis for preparation of analytical cartographic materials: from 1 to 20
Analysis of collected data and environmental assessment: from 1 to 5
Report writing: from 2 to 15
TOTAL TIME: from 20*
* working days
** from the date of receipt of 100% advance payment, if new survey is ordered, the timeframe will increase
Lead time from 20 days depends on the area and type of environmental tracking, calculated individually for each customer.
How to place an order:
- STEP №1: Submit an Application on the Website with the Following Information:
- Location of the Research Object (Coordinates, Cadastre Number, etc.);
- Type of Environmental Monitoring Required;
- Dates for the Analysis to Be Conducted.
- STEP №2: Agreement on Technical Specifications and Cost:
- Work of Technical Specialists from RUB 70,000;
- Images are paid separately (one high-resolution image from 300–600 USD).
- STEP №3: Contract Signing and Commencement of Work:
- Timeline of 20 working days from the date of receiving 100% advance payment - payment only via bank transfer.
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Stages of service provision
Stage № 0 (BEFORE Contract Conclusion):
- Determination of the observation object;
- Definition of dates and parameters for the desired imagery (imaging period, imaging type);
- Checking the availability of archived remote sensing data within the area of interest;
- Verification of selected archived images for compliance with customer requirements;
- Requesting new imagery from the operator(s) if necessary.
RESULT: possibility (YES/NO) of providing environmental monitoring services
Stage № 1 (BEFORE Contract Conclusion):
- Agreement on available remote sensing data in the operators' archives;
- Agreement, if necessary, on the satellite from which the new imagery will be obtained, period, and parameters of the new imagery;
- Agreement on the required environmental monitoring specifications;
- Final determination of labor and material costs, agreement on delivery timelines and costs;
- Agreement on the Technical Assignment for the entire scope.
RESULT: signed contract
Stage № 2 (Contract Execution):
Procedure for Contract Execution
- Receiving 100% advance payment;
- Ordering materials for the satellite imagery;
- Incoming inspection of remote sensing materials;
- Processing of remote sensing materials, obtaining geo-referenced images (if necessary);
- Orthorectification of images and creation of a seamless orthomosaic;
- Color correction and cloud cover correction of the resulting orthomosaic;
- In-depth automated analysis of remote sensing data for the preparation of analytical cartographic materials;
- Analysis of collected information and assessment of the environmental situation;
- Creation of analytical cartographic materials.
RESULT: report on the environmental condition of the territory
The result of the provision of services
GEO INNOTER provides a report on the environmental condition of the territory, presentation materials, special maps of dynamics and forecast of natural processes, geo-referenced Tiff (Geo TIFF) images, and vector layers of identified objects in Mid/Mif format.
All results are delivered on electronic media or through the Internet via FTP servers, and textual materials are also duplicated in printed form.
In addition, based on the research conducted by GEO INNOTER specialists, the execution of forensic expertise on the environmental condition of the territory is possible.
One of the outcomes of the work is the creation of a database for display as a GIS layer or an environmental map.
Environmental maps include representations of habitat conditions and their dynamics, the relationship of biocenoses with the environment, and ecological factors and aggregates determining the living organisms' conditions and development. An environmental map compactly displays environmental characteristics influencing the state of living organisms.
The purpose of environmental mapping is to analyze the environmental situation and its dynamics, i.e., to identify spatial and temporal variations of natural environmental factors affecting the state of ecosystems. To achieve this goal, it is necessary to collect, analyze, evaluate, integrate, territorially interpret, and create a geographically accurate cartographic representation of diverse ecological information. The tasks of environmental mapping are solved both within the framework of traditional, established thematic branches with appropriate adaptation of content and by creating maps with completely original and specific content.
Schematic ecological map - a special map created during environmental monitoring and engineering-ecological surveys for the design and construction of objects in the oil and gas complex. The creation of schematic ecological maps complies with the guidelines for engineering-ecological surveys and other regulatory and technical documents for creating ecological maps. Topographic maps are used as a basis, adapted and updated for the research area. Schematic ecological maps are created in scales of 1:25000 and finer, depending on the size of the study areas with allocated exploration areas.
Content-wise, schematic ecological maps differ from standard topographic maps, which may have a simplified and generalized form. However, they display the main spatial patterns of construction objects' placement, as well as sources of emissions or pollution. The schemes are characterized by diversity and original special content.
The main elements of the content of schematic ecological maps are roads, settlements, and various communications. The hydrographic network is displayed in maximum detail since water bodies represent significant barriers during construction. The maps depict lines of territory development, security zones, and the boundaries of the land plot with an allocated exploration area.
Requirements for Source Information
- Accurate geographic coordinates of the object in the required coordinate system (GEO INNOTER specialists will clarify the coordinates provided by the Customer in any convenient form).
- Images meeting the criteria of time, spatial resolution, and the required spectral channels, with RPC georeferencing.
If it is not possible to provide the specified information, provide information about the purpose of using remote sensing materials, and GEO INNOTER specialists will analyze the requirements and propose the optimal solution to the problem.
The main source for creating environmental maps is materials from satellite imagery. The specific properties of satellite imagery ensure compliance with the main requirements for environmental maps:
- The multi-aspect interpretation of data allows multifaceted and purposeful mapping of natural complexes.
- The unified photogrammetric base facilitates the alignment of characteristics of natural objects and their uniform localization in cartographic representation.
- The simultaneous availability of information for all types and directions of mapping allows mapping the current environmental conditions accurately.
- The reduced time for collecting thematic information significantly speeds up the preparation of cartographic documents by reducing the amount of labor-intensive ground surveys.
- The possibility of repeated registration of the state of natural complexes at certain time intervals allows studying the characteristics of their dynamics and development, contributing to reliable
- Location of the object of interest (coordinates, district name, region, shapefile, etc.);
- Requirements for the survey period (period for which archive data can be used or the need for a new survey);
- Whether environmental monitoring has been conducted in this area;
The environmental monitoring system should accumulate, systematize, and analyze information:
- about the state of the environment;
- about the reasons for observed and probable changes in the state (i.e., about sources and impact factors);
- about the admissibility of changes and loads on the environment as a whole;
- about the existing reserves of the biosphere.
Thus, the environmental monitoring system includes observations of the state of elements of the biosphere and observations of sources and factors of anthropogenic impact.
In accordance with the given definitions and functions assigned to the system, monitoring involves three main directions of activity:
- Observations of influencing factors and the state of the environment;
- Assessment of the actual state of the environment;
- Forecasting the state of the surrounding natural environment and evaluating the predicted condition.
The information about the state of the environment obtained in the environmental monitoring system is used by the management system to prevent or eliminate negative environmental situations, assess the adverse consequences of environmental changes, as well as to develop forecasts for socio-economic development, design programs in the field of environmental development, and environmental protection.
Main normative legal documents defining the tasks and procedure for conducting environmental monitoring:
- Federal Law of 10.01.2002 No. 7-FZ (as of 30.12.2021) "On Environmental Protection."
- Resolution of the Government of the Russian Federation of 09.08.2013 No. 681 (as of 30.11.2018) "On State Environmental Monitoring (State Monitoring of the Environment) and the State Data Fund of State Environmental Monitoring (State Monitoring of the Environment)" (together with the "Regulation on State Environmental Monitoring (State Monitoring of the Environment) and the State Data Fund of State Environmental Monitoring (State Monitoring of the Environment)").
For each type of environmental monitoring, there is a normative legal document (For example, for subsurface monitoring: Regulation on the Procedure for Conducting State Monitoring of the Subsoil Status of the Russian Federation (approved by the order of the Ministry of Natural Resources of Russia dated 21.05.2001 No. 433)).
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