Contour Innovations Becomes ESRI Partner!

Contour Innovations is excited to announce a new partnership with ESRI (Environmental Science Research Institute), the company that has set the global standard for GIS (Geographic Information Systems).  This direction and partnership allows us to continue to grow and provide the type of tools our customers need to get the most out of their time on the water.  Our partnership with ESRI also supports our ability to expand our offerings to better support the GIS needs of our clients through GIS training webinars or custom GIS analyses and layouts using ciBioBase datasets. 

Contour Innovations has automated the basic GIS mapping and analysis tools (e.g., exported imagery, polygon tool and automated reports) with ciBioBase to produce a fully functional geospatial data analysis and warehousing platform for users who need “turn-key” solutions for water resource assessments.

However, the true power of ciBioBase lies in its ability to rapidly produce high resolution spatial datasets that can be exported out of ciBioBase and brought into to third party software platforms such as ArcGIS.  Multiple layers such as hyperspectral imagery of floating-leaf or riparian vegetation, upland terrain, plant species survey points, land use, or other in-lake features can all be overlain onto one image (Figure 1).

Figure 1. Example layout of aquatic plant biovolume (% of water occupied by vegetation) collected with Lowrance HDS depthfinders, processed by ciBioBase and brought into ArcGIS.  Species sampling points, aerial photos, or other spatial data layers can be overlain and displayed together.

Or, one could explore a range of powerful spatial and image analysis tools and extensions such as Spatial Analyst, 3D Analyst, Geostatistical Analyst or ArcGIS for Maritime: Bathymetry.  For example, the raster calculator feature of Spatial Analyst is an amazingly simple and powerful tool for spatially comparing and visualizing differences between map outputs and the creation of unique maps.  For instance, by simply multiplying a ciBioBase bathymetry raster grid by the vegetation raster grid, you can create a plant height grid (Figure 2).

Figure 2. Plant canopy height grid created by multiplying the ciBioBase depth grid by the biovolume grid using the raster calculator in ArcGIS Spatial Analyst.  Plant canopy height ranged from 0 (blue) to 10 ft tall (red)

The sky is the limit with regard to what you can do with ciBioBase datasets to help managers and researchers better understand and manage water, aquatic plant and fisheries resources.  Contact rayv@contourinnovations if you are interested in learning more about how CI can help maximize the value of your ciBioBase outputs.

Author: biobasemaps

BioBase is a cloud platform for the automated mapping of aquatic habitats (lakes, rivers, ponds, coasts). Standard algorithms process sonar datafiles (EcoSound) and high resolution satellite imagery (EcoSat). Depth and vegetation maps and data reports are rapidly created and stored in a private cloud account for analysis, and sharing. This blog highlights a range of internal and external research, frequently asked questions, feature descriptions and highlights, tips and tricks, and photo galleries.

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