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Hatfield Consultants is a pioneer in the field of environmental services with amore than 40-years of experience providing innovative solutions to complex environmental challenges. Hatfield conducts environmental and social baseline studies and monitoring 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
Example
Land Monitoring Applications
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.
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.