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NICCE has knowledgeable air quality professionals with extensive experience providing cost-effective solutions and opportunities for our clients. Our air quality staff includes a set of partnering engineers, meteorologists, chemists, economists, and policy experts who provide air quality services for an array of clients, both domestic and international. We have extensive experience applying air dispersion modeling techniques to evaluate potential and existing impacts from air pollution sources. NICCE routinely develops and applies atmospheric dispersion models for Clean Air Act permitting, risk assessments, feasibility studies, placement of monitoring equipment, and special air quality impact analyses. Most of this work is done in California.
NICCE specializes in providing environmental planning support for programs throughout the United States. We realize the importance of conserving and restoring our natural resources for a life that can be enjoyed for generations to come. Our scientists and engineers assess the impacts of human activities on the natural environment and provide solutions that are both feasible for our clients and sustainable for our future.
Knowledge about the quality, type, and condition of an installation's resources is an important part of the overall assessment of mission capability. Understanding the capability and value of natural resources enables commanders and mission planners to make better-informed management decisions and negotiate from a positive position.
Geographic Information Services
NICCE partners with ESRI and some of the leading Geographic information systems (GIS) integrators in the world. Our experts can incorporate tabular data with spatial data, allowing for a visual representation and clear analysis of any issue. GIS applications are tools that allow users to create interactive queries (user-created searches), analyze spatial information, edit data, create maps, and present the results of all these operations.
GIS technology can be used for scientific investigations, resource management, asset management, archaeology, environmental impact assessment, urban planning, cartography, criminology, geographic history, marketing, logistics, and other purposes. For example, GIS might allow emergency planners to easily calculate emergency response times in the event of a natural disaster, GIS might be used to find wetlands that need protection from pollution, or GIS can be used by a company to site a new business location to take advantage of a previously under-served market. Our geospatial models are viewed in our 4D laboratories.
NICCE has direct experience constructing, calibrating, and analyzing groundwater flow models for the federal and state governments and for commercial entities using these as a framework for fate and transport analysis and remedial decision-making and design. In addition to contaminant remediation, groundwater flow models and geochemical equilibrium models have been used to define water quality and reservoir potential to maximize responsible use and protection of those resources.
One of NICCE's fundamental capabilities is its assessment of risk to humans and ecosystems by contaminants in the ambient environment. The risk-assessment process uses outputs from media-specific (and inter-media) geochemical, fate and transport, and other models, which are Institute staples. This information is then combined with anthropomorphic, land use, receptor characteristic, habit, and toxicological data to estimate the nature and magnitude of the threat to exposed populations. NICCE's resources also facilitate data mining to develop robust result sets for various analyses. Numerous applications are available to support these activities. The centerpiece of the Institute is our four-dimensional visualization/immersion systems that seamlessly incorporate direct data feeds from industry standards ArcGIS and Google Earth without format modification. As such, risk assessment products can be presented in innovative formats for public consumption and to support risk management and remedial decision-making by diverse stakeholder groups.
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