Infrastructure and transportation will at times come in direct conflict with valuable and scarce natural habitats. A cost- and time-efficient way of locating, assessing, and monitoring important natural habitats is utilising satellites, which can in part replace costly and time consuming manned ship missions. The project included a feasibility study on which satellites provided cost-efficient information, and how to set up an efficient monitoring solution. The results are informing our client on which high value conservation areas to avoid in setting up transportation routes and planning new infrastructure.
Satellites can be used to map natural habitats over and under water. Seagrass, mangroves, and near surface coral reefs, are all providing necessary services such as habitats and storm protection. Planning- and implementation processes that include site screening by satellites can reduce both initial costs and future reputational risks.