Formed in 2016, Viridian Logic optimises new habitat placement to maximise benefits from nature

Formed in 2016, Viridian Logic optimises new habitat placement to maximise benefits from nature

Formed in 2016, Viridian Logic optimises new habitat placement to maximise benefits from nature

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What we do

Using hydrology and GIS, we determine the best locations and habitat types to mitigate environmental risk

Using hydrology and GIS, we determine the best locations and habitat types to mitigate environmental risk

Using hydrology and GIS, we determine the best locations and habitat types to mitigate environmental risk

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We provide natural flood management & ecosystem service solutions for valuation, planning, and decision support

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What we do

Modelling landscapes to understand the benefits that flow from nature leads to better insights for engaging stakeholders and identifying options.

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Uniquely Viridian

Hydraulic modelling lets us interpret flow accumulation across landscapes, leading us to effective & efficient nature-based solutions.

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We would be fascinated to hear about your plans; we want to help you implement nature in your decision making. Come talk to us!

Services

At Viridian we model the complexity of nature to give you simple solutions.

We excel at modelling and mapping ecosystem services, especially those involving water. We use complex algorithms and state-of-the-art methods to show what interventions should be done and where to do them to meet client aspirations. We devise the most effective and efficient solutions, rather than offering simplistic ‘opportunity’ mapping.  This can be particularly useful for:
  • Natural flood management
  • Landscape planning and policy, from local to regional scales
  • Natural capital accounting and economic valuation
  • Agricultural engagement and risk reduction
  • Biodiversity compensation
  • Infrastructure options appraisal
  • Urban green infrastructure

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Modelling landscape systems to best understand natural capital

Ecosystem services can be split into two distinct categories: place-based services and water-flow services. Place-based services can be assessed adequately using straight-forward GIS data overlays and rule bases, as such benefits accrue where the habitats are located. Water-flow services, on the other hand, deliver benefits downstream from the habitats that provide them. This means that complex, hydrological modelling is necessary to identify optimal solutions. Standard ‘opportunity mapping’ using GIS data and rules will give inefficient, misleading or possibly damaging outputs.

As you might guess, here at Viridian we model ecosystem-aware water-flow solutions mathematically, leading the way in this innovation.

 

Water-flow services need to be modelled for upstream and downstream interactions across entire landscapes. In the UK, our model ranks each 5m ‘pixel’ of a given river catchment for its current and future ability to mitigate flooding, siltation, mobile diffuse pollution (water soluble and soil adsorbed), and drought.

It is worth noting that those areas with highest potential to provide services (high opportunity) are often not the same as those areas where interventions will make the most difference (high impact); Viridian models this and incorporates it into solution design.

 

Viridian algorithms model catchments to

  1. show which parts of the landscape are working hardest to provide the specific benefits as is
  2. identify gaps where the largest increase in service provision can be achieved
  3. decide on an optimal habitat type to place in these gaps to maximise the ecosystem service

Alternatively, (1) can be used to show where degradation of existing habitats will lead to the greatest loss in service provision. We can calculate further comparative provision scores for location-based ecosystem services (e.g. carbon storage, air quality, etc). Once a specific ecosystem service (or set of services) has been prioritised, the water-flow and location-specific services are combined, showing co-benefits and trade-offs.

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Viridian Logic Ltd
71-75 Shelton Street
Covent Garden
London
WC2H 9JQ

+44 (0)7779 339 993