Name of the organization/project in the original language:
Vides risinājumu institūts
Name of the organization/project in English:
Institute for Environmental Solutions
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Institute for Environmental Solutions (IES) is a non-for-profit research institute and an international network of scientists, artists, engineers and practitioners who care for environment. Our goal is to develop applied solutions to prevent the depletion of the Earth's resources and preserve nature's wonders for the enjoyment of future generations. We create ad hoc multidisciplinary teams to design and develop customized innovative environmental solutions. We employ modern technologies, reflective practice and multi-stakeholder involvement.
We have built an advanced airborne surveillance and environmental monitoring system named ARSENAL through which we obtain unique sets of data and images on the terrestrial, marine and freshwater ecosystems, their structure, chemical composition and spatial characteristics. The system is used to analyze the present, to uncover the past and to project the future.
The main research themes of IES: mapping, detection and assessment of land cover/ land use, habitats of EU importance, invasive species, forest resources, forest vitality, and archaeological heritage; future satellite simulation; landscape planning and management; holistic assessment and restoration of aquatic ecosystems; mapping and assessment of waterbody depth and sediments; research of fish migration and natural reproduction; wildlife mapping and modeling.
How are you performing research on Citizen Science, taking part in Citizen Science activities and/or supporting Citizen Science?:
IES activities and projects are aimed to develop research based, innovative solutions for holistic assessment and sustainable management of terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems. As a part of various research projects we have implemented scientific communication activities, including public awareness raising, public participation and educational activities. Also, we have applied an unconventional approach by organizing cultural and art events as means for raising the awareness of general public about human impact on the environment. We see that the Citizen Science is the next step for expanding our network and leveraging science communication strategy. As the first step, IES has established a working group for the development of Citizen Science program in order to fully engage in Citizen Science activities. Furthermore, IES is looking forward to participate in the first ECSA's conference and hopes to contribute and gain new insights of Citizen Science.