Site-Assessments and -Ecology
Site-assessments evaluate the characteristics and the spatial context of a concrete spatial entity with regard to a specific function.
Functional entities in the landscape cannot be regarded as isolated individuals. They are always part of a functional neighbourhood amidst other spatial entities, all of them mutually influencing each other. Furthermore a number of biotic and abiotic, anthropogenic and natural site factors determine their specific characteristics. Geo-information systems are a powerful tool for the analysis of such functional systems. They contain all necessary information ain the form of digital geo-data and facilitate their combined analysis.
A “site” is the smallest scale level being observed by means and methods of spatial analyses like GIS and Remote Sensing. In a “site” all influences from local to global scale cumulate and determine its spatial potential, e.g. its suitability for agricultural production, as habitat for animal or plant species or even its potential for certain risks or damages. Besides the use of existing data in site assessments IfA develop and produce custom data with regard to specific subjects.