The user-friendly visualizations and interactive tools created for this initiative support ongoing project work by Seattle City Light staff, scientists, and decision-makers in addressing climate change in western Washington.
These tools distill complex climate modeling and scenarios into accessible formats easily understood by technical staff and other stakeholders, allowing meaningful decision-making in order to respond and adapt to local climate change impacts.
ESA developed these resources based on recent climate modeling studies of low flow and peak flow data in the Skagit River, temperature monitoring in western Washington, and sea-level rise projections near Seattle City Light facilities. Photo simulations, interactive dashboard charting tools, and a custom web application provide current and future temperature and precipitation projections.
Future phases of the project will add features and functions to the custom-authenticated web application tools.
The ESA Drone Program has recently added three 5-band precision sensors to our fleet, which will support a range of natural resource assessments. With this gimbal technology mounted on our DJI Inspire 2 drones, we can collect visual band (RGB) imagery as well as vegetation indices with near infrared (NIR) spectroscopy (or RedEdge), including normalized difference vegetation index (NDVI), a method of determining whether an area contains live green vegetation.