Session 11: Applications of Remote Sensing

b) Integrative Approaches to Restoration Performance Monitoring

Friday, May 12
9:20 AM - 10:50 AM
Location: Room 309/310

Performance criteria monitoring is an essential step in the process of creating and managing a successful mitigation bank. The financial securities set aside to ensure attainment of performance standards represent a substantial monetary investment. Additionally, failure to meet performance requirements can delay credit release schedules, and even hinder long term restoration success if they fail to properly identify issues which pose threats to restored habitats. With the advent of new technologies such as drones/UAVs and advanced remote sensing analysis, WRA has recognized an opportunity to reevaluate traditional monitoring methods by adopting a hybrid approach combining field biology with technology and high quality data. This integrative approach allows numerous combined methods for monitoring, such as UAV data capture, focused field spot checking, and desktop GIS analysis to build a positive synergy in the monitoring process. This results in a higher quality, more efficient process that serves a greater role than just determining if restoration performance criteria are being met or not, and ultimately provides more value to the bank sponsor and land manager.

Peter Kobylarz

GIS Coordinator
WRA, Inc.

Peter Kobylarz is the GIS Coordinator at WRA Environmental Consultants. WRA is a full service environmental services company, specializing in mitigation, restoration design and implementation, permitting, monitoring, landscape architecture, and GIS. WRA's GIS department has embraced multiple emerging technologies, including advanced remote sensing software, drones/UAVs, and powerful web tools in order to provide a higher degree of analysis, data quality, and results for every WRA project.

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