Knowledge Systems is the analytical arm of Ecotrust. A mix of art and science, we crunch numbers and perform systems analysis and then craft elegant tools, maps, and data visualizations to aid clients in decision-making for a rapidly changing world.
From economic impact assessment and ecosystem service evaluation, to software development, cartography and decision support, we have delivered a range of award-winning tools and services to businesses, agencies, and organizations seeking opportunities to improve social equity, environmental integrity, and economic security.
We work in an open-source, collaborative environment, building on state-of-the-art approaches and the work of diverse communities of practice. Highlights of our recent work include:
Working with the Labor Network for Sustainability and 350.org to research alternative job creation strategies for the five-state Keystone XL region.
Supporting the state of California with surveys, spatial analysis, and interactive mapping tools.
Launching Forest Planner—an interactive mapping application to help landowners optimize forests for multiple benefits.
Developing a prioritization tool in collaboration with the U.S. Forest Service to direct resources to the highest value watersheds.
See our full range of services here.
Maps that matter
Maps have always been at the heart of Ecotrust’s work to better connect people to the places they live. Here is a sampling of our most significant maps from the last 20 years.