Friday, June 17, 2016

Interested in updating your existing GIS-based impervious surface and land cover datasets?

Environmental and permitting concerns need to be addressed as land development progresses.  Impervious surfaces are areas where a portion of the land has been modified to reduce the land's natural ability to absorb and hold rainfall.  Land developers, engineers and local governments are particularly concerned with these surfaces because certain projects require compliance with storm water discharge regulations: in this situation, the percentage of impervious areas based upon pre and post development may be integral. AXIS can incorporate data that we have compiled in house with land use and soils data to calculate accurate impervious surface areas along with your latest site plans.

Land cover is the physical land type such as water, forest, etc. different from land use which shows how people are using the land.  By comparing land cover data over a period of time, you can document land use trends and changes.  Here on the east coast that is extremely important for coastal managers dealing with sea level rise and other environmental changes such as climate change and population growth.  AXIS land cover data can allow you to better understand the impacts of natural disasters, assess urban growth and model/monitor storm surges and the impacts of sea level rise. 

Contact us today to learn more about how we are helping various agencies with these GIS datasets.