Geographic Information Systems
A Geographical Information System (GIS) is used to analyse and query spatial data (such as population attributes) and is a tool to create maps.
Urban Edge Environmental Consulting uses GIS in the majority of our projects in order to better understand the potential effects of plans, strategies and projects on the human and natural environment. GIS analysis and maps help inform our work, as well as being essential for our clients and stakeholders - as the saying goes, 'a picture tells a thousand words'.
Our GIS projects have included the collection and representation of data across the whole of Scotland, for sub-regions such as the Black Country and South Hampshire, for individual cities, districts and boroughs, and for localised projects and site-specific zones in Environmental Impact Assessments.
We regularly create entire suites of maps for local authorities on a variety of topics as part of Green Infrastructure Strategies, Sustainability Appraisals and Strategic Environmental Assessments. In previous projects we have mapped environmental considerations, flood zones, population and deprivation characteristics, health services, wildlife corridors, open space, proposed developments and transport links. For research projects, we have digitised and analysed post code, origin, species territory, and route data for a variety of spatial analyses.
GIS has been instrumental in the assessment of our recreational and visitor surveys, and for creating detailed surface maps of air pollution levels around the Solent. We also use GIS to identify which protected environments may potentially be affected by proposals in development plans (e.g. as part of Environmental Impact Assessments or Habitats Regulations Assessments), as well as for mapping habitat types, target notes and territories in ecological surveys.