Baseline Studies

Baseline Studies

A comprehensive understanding of the physical, chemical, biological, and social environment provides the foundation to a well-executed environmental assessment. Well-planned and executed studies enhance project efficiencies through increased acceptability by regulators, financing bodies, Indigenous groups, and communities.

We provide our clients with a full complement of technical specialists to conduct baseline and other studies in the areas of:

  • Air quality
  • Climate studies
  • Hydrology
  • Hydrogeology
  • Water quality
  • Geochemistry (acid rock drainage and metal leaching prediction)
  • Soil studies
  • Flora and fauna
  • Fisheries and aquatics
  • Wetland assessment and delineations
  • Traditional use/knowledge studies

We work alongside Indigenous and community partners to ensure that studies are accurate, efficient, and acceptable to regulators and lenders. This has been a proven approach on hundreds of project sites in jurisdictions throughout the world.

The detailed baseline characterization is used as input to model possible project impacts, which allows our environmental specialists to provide timely input to project designs to reduce potentially adverse environmental impacts. This in turn produces a more socially and environmentally sustainable project and enhances the efficiency of the project permitting process.