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Ecology

Protecting the Earth’s environment and managing the impact of climate change on the ecosystems it supports requires improvements in our understanding of the living and breathing world.

Modelling the resilience of forests against climate change and water scarcity, taking immediate action to understand and address the impact of chemical spills, and monitoring the evolution of forest harvest and fire through time can be achieved using rigorous, science based analysis.

Without an accessible and transparent platform, however, it is challenging to turn research into action. Ensuring that environmental management decisions result in productive, resilient ecosystems leads to good outcomes for everyone, like maximizing forest productivity - whether that be for future harvest, or carbon storage.

Solutions

Water Ecology Industry

Read about the tools being developed for the BC Ministry of Forests to predict future tree species viability in our changing climate.

Fountainhead connects environmental data with analytics that produces actionable insight delivered through web-based tools. These solutions in turn support sustainable long-term management of our forests and ecosystems.

Based on a robust framework that stores and organizes composite data such as vegetation, geology, terrain and climate, Fountainhead processes complex machine learning models that evaluate factors such as species viability in a changing climate and delivers this information to end-users in web-based maps, charts and reports.

  • Provide a platform to visualize scientific models in an accessible format that allow domain-experts and the general public to engage with ecological issues
  • Support public safety and environmental protection by allowing individuals to perform quick assessments
  • Predict future ecosystem characteristics based on climate change projections using machine learning models
  • Synthesize billions of pieces of information describing landscape composition and impacts from the country to the city block scale

Following forest fire or harvest, reforestation programs need to balance species recommendations at the landscape scale to allow for risk mitigation from climate change, pest and disease risks.

Furthermore, by optimizing for species productivity, forest volumes can be maximized which ultimately improves economic opportunities for forestry companies, if the forest is to be harvested again in the future.

Similarly, if the forest is in a park or protected area, optimizing productivity will maximize the potential for the forest to act as a carbon sink, as well as support sustainable wildlife habitats.