Innovative and cost-effective solutions
Hatfield Consultants is a pioneer in the field of environmental services with more than 45-years of experience providing innovative solutions to complex environmental challenges.
Hatfield provides environmental and social services around the world, including North and South America, Asia, Europe and Africa. Land Monitoring is an essential component of our activities to support responsible resource development in a range of sectors:
- Mining – we provide services around the world to mining companies of all sizes at all stages of project development
- Oil and Gas – we focus on helping clients in the oil and gas sector improve their environmental programs
- Forestry – mapping and monitoring for operations that are Forest Stewardship Council certified as well as conducting high conservation value assessment
- Agriculture – we support palm oil and other plantations to monitor and evaluate the environmental and social performance for sustainable production
Land Monitoring Applications
Rapid Burned Area Mapping
Wildfires occur naturally in many part of the world, but due to changes in climate and human activity, the frequency and intensity of wildfires is likely to increase. Hatfield’s Land Monitoring Engine supports our Rapid Burned Area Mapping services to provide accurate and timely information on the status and impact of wildfires.
Combining optical and radar data processing and machine learning analytics, we provide timely and valuable information on wildfire burned area and burn severity. Radar data have the capability to operate in any weather condition, including the presence of clouds, haze, and smoke.
Our unique service combines optical and thermal data to produce automated baseline composite images and change detection analytics to deliver timely burn severity maps. Radar data change detection analytics are used to identify change in the structural characteristics of forest to map burned areas.
Rapid Burned Area Mapping complements conventional wildfire observation and assessment techniques in support of wildfire response and recovery efforts.
Monitoring Tailings Storage
An mine wanted to ensure that mine waste and tailings are securely contained and to monitor changes in the area impacted by tailings, rehabilitation and reclamation.
Challenges with persistent cloud cover mean that optical image acquisition was a critical challenge. We established a monitoring program using high resolution TerraSAR-X radar data and multi-spectral RapidEye data. We established an automatic change detection process using both data streams.
When optical satellite images were acquired, they were integrated into the system to help improve understanding of vegetation distribution and health. The land change information and reports support national regulatory reporting requirements.
Monitoring Land Use around an Operating Mine
Monitoring land use change is important for new mine developers as well as existing mine operators.
Responsible mining means reducing potential competition and conflict with local communities living close to exploration and mining areas. Land Monitoring improves situational awareness related to agriculture development or small-scale mining in an operating area and helps to identify potential issues with land speculators.
As part of a baseline study for a mine expansion, we updated baseline land cover and land use information. Ongoing monitoring over several years identified land use change from mining activities as well as local communities. This information helps to support environmental and social management systems, especially proactive community relations that can limit potential delays in mine development.