SCGIS in UK National Parks
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Providing onsite and remote GIS services to diverse teams in National Park Authorities  
South Downs National Park Authority 

SCGIS was awarded a three year contract to provide GIS services to the SDNPA beginning in July 2013. Most of the work is carried out on-site at the South Downs Centre in Midhurst, where SCGIS staff sit alongside project officers delivering GIS solutions to all teams within the Authority. Work ranges from simple site maps that support planning application decisions to the design, development and implementation of Park wide spatial data collection, compilation and analysis activities.

In addition to providing GIS services, SCGIS also provide comprehensive training in ESRI ArcGIS and QGIS. Training schedules are designed to meet the current needs of the SDNPA staff; ranging from one-to-one tuition for project specific tasks to more generic group training.

In 2018 we conducted a Pilot study “Monitoring the SDNPA from space”, which helped the SDNPA derive a land-cover baseline from Sentinel 2 data to support the landscape related KPI’s in the park's management plan. We utilised imagery from 2015 onwards and derived various products tailored for use by SDNPA.

New Forest National Park Authority 

Two of our senior analysts, Matt & Pete, spent some time at the New Forest National Park Authority’s office in Lymington, providing guidance, hints and tips on how to structure GIS projects with large amounts of data to allow for efficient viewing and geo-processing. Through our brief time at the NFNPA office, and by asking the right questions, Pete went on to develop the “Importer for EDINA Fieldtrip GB and ArcGIS” (see GeoTools) which has saved the Heritage Mapping team days of man power, and has since been adopted by the SDNPA for some of their 'Tranquility Study' field-work.