Experts in Environmental Modeling.
From watersheds to rivers to estuaries to coasts, we model complex environments and develop innovative data visualization and analysis.
We assess environmental impacts to provide our clients with answers backed by thoughtful and thorough scientific investigation that we proudly stand behind.
Our modeling and analysis has supported permitting and compliance efforts for many types of projects in or near water. If there’s a question about potential environmental impacts, we’re happy to have a conversation about it — whether or not modeling is the best path forward. Examples of permitting applications for our work include:
Our modeling can be applied to support important decisions related to design and maintenance of infrastructure.
The surrounding environment can have a big influence on the performance of a facility. Our expertise can help optimize how a facility interacts with the environment.
We model surface water hydrodynamics, groundwater behavior, and coastal processes. By understanding and predicting ambient conditions, we can guide our clients to make the best possible decisions about where to site their facilities to minimize environmental impacts and maximize performance.
We use programming to automate many of the steps in modeling. As a result, we can set up model scenarios quickly and post-process the results with equal efficiency. This allows us to test more scenarios in less time and arrive at the best possible answers for our clients.
For many of our clients, it’s no longer adequate to make important, long-term decisions based on environmental data from the past. Climate change has invalidated the status quo.
Our modeling can take regional climate predictions for sea level rise and future storm characteristics and bring them down to a site-specific resolution. In doing so, we take abstract concerns and convert them into actionable data for planning.
We can evaluate the resiliency of key assets that could be impacted by any of the following:
Climate change is altering the natural environment. Estuaries, wetlands, and rivers are evolving and disappearing in response to climate change. Our services can help private and public property owners evaluate:
Environmental modeling is based firmly in science, but it takes professional interpretation to set up a model and apply the results. Because the process involves assumptions and interpretations, there can be room to question the findings of a modeling study. We provide independent reviews of work done by other professionals in our field, and we help our clients advocate for their interests from a strong technical position. Here are a few types of concerns we can investigate:
Regulatory reviews are designed to evaluate how a project will impact others, but the regulator does not always account for the risk of harm to an interested party. If you believe you’re at risk as a result of a proposed (and potentially approved) project, we can take available documentation for the project and assess whether there are valid technical concerns about how the project might impact your interests.
On the other side of the coin, sometimes the process of getting regulatory approval for a project can be unnecessarily onerous. We’re here to help in that case as well. We can develop a technically sound argument that explains why certain analyses or efforts aren’t necessary to evaluate the impacts of a proposed project. If additional analysis is unavoidable, we’ll work to find the most efficient path forward.
Regulatory agencies use regional models to make determinations that impact properties within the region. Sometimes regional models are missing critical local information. We can review the regulatory model together with information about a site to determine if local information is missing, and whether that missing information would change how a given regulation is applied to a site. One example might be a FEMA floodplain model that’s missing a critical flow-control structure impacting the base flood elevation. Another example could be a TMDL model that’s missing a piece of local information critical to properly assigning the waste load allocation.
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