What is an information system on environmental information ?
Too much information.
The world has switched to a knowledge-based economy.
Ten years ago, finding information on a specific subject was a difficult task.
Today, the actual problem is too much information. A simple search in the
internet will provide thousands of articles, books, pamphlets, catalogues,
promotions, opinions, etc. The simple list of the available information (not the info itself !) may be long enough to overflow the capacity to read it.
The difficult task in our days is to filter the relevant information in a sea of irrelevant and repetitive documents.
Searching and processing environmental information.
A proper search for relevant information requires three elements:
1 – A sophisticated search system.
Our information system is a sophisticated one. We have developed it for years using not just information theories on searching and handling digital info, but
permanently working with it and learning from actual experience.
The "invisible web" is that part of the web the search engines can not "see"
We dive deep into the invisible web
Scientific and professional books and journals from all over the world, in many languages, classified by subject, region, pollutants, wastewater characteristics,
treatment technology, etc.
Access to numerous international databanks.
International and national laws, regulations, standards, guidelines on environmental issues.
Key catalogues, lists, indexes, digital databases, etc. on almost any existing compound, regarding the chemical structure, properties,
toxicity, degradability, environmental fate, environmental impact,
pollution control, costs, regulations, etc.
International providers of equipment, products and instruments related to our fields of activity.
International and local consultants in our areas of activity.
Catalogued lists of universities and research and development centers all the world around (access to theses and reports).
Info on the climate, geography, ecology, public health and socio-economic conditions of almost any corner of the world.
Specialized search engines to find specific information in the web.
Many other useful elements.
2 – A professional approach to search for environmental information.
Finding the relevant information requires, besides, professional knowledge on the issue your are searching.
We are professionals with many years of experience on environmental consulting. As expressed in the profile of our firm, we perform consultancy on:
salty effluents and brines
management and use of saline waters
water quality and pollution control
research & development
Once we define together with you the kind of answer/solution you need, we will select the relevant information with
professional knowledge of the subject, filtering out what does no apply to your case.
3 – A professional analysis of the selected info.
Environmental information must be learned, studied and processed in order to find the best solution for a specific problem.
We, as experienced consultants, can do this much better than any data collection system, offering you the kind of answer you are looking for.
We transform information into know-how.
The volume of (environmental) information is high but the success we have had in converting that into evidence and knowledge
has been only quite modest. The key step now is not the generation of more information - except in case of clearly outstanding questions.
It is rather how do you extract the evidence from the information. How do you turn it into knowledge.
Jamie Bartram - IWA-International Water Association Grand Award 2004
Members of The International Society for Environmental Information Sciences (ISEIS)
What kind of questions can we answer.
Almost anyone related to our fields of activity.
As a provider of environmental information and consultants, we can search, analyze and supply
any environmental information and know-how you may need.
On specific compounds:
What is the effect of Cadmium on marine organisms ?
What are the standards/guidelines around the world regarding the concentration of Boron in irrigation water ?
What is the degradability of Ethylene glycol in natural systems such as reservoirs, rivers or wetlands ?
Are there detergents without Sodium in the market ? And without Boron ?
On specific technologies:
What is the removal efficiency of air flotation for oil & grease in effluents from dairy industry ?
Please provide me with a comparative table on alternative technologies to treat effluents from the electroplating
industry, including efficiency, investment and operational costs.
We are a printing firm and have problems with heavy metals in our effluents. What are the alternatives to approach the problem ?
On specific problems:
We are a municipality where 35 % of the effluents reaching the sewage treatment plant are of industrial origin.
The treatment plant has frequent process failures due to the toxicity of the effluents. What are the alternatives to approach the problem ?
What are the quality requirements for the discharge of industrial effluents to the municipal sewer system in Spain, Italy and France ? And in Brazil ?
The drinking water of our source has too high Arsenic and traditional removal technologies for Arsenic are expensive and not very reliable.
Are there any new technologies available ? Who are the providers ?
Please provide us a list of at least three international experts/firms on soil remediation in areas contaminated
by explosive factories, including a short CV (or profile of the firm) and contact info.
Can you send us an expert on industrial waste auditing who speaks French, Arabic and English?
What should be the design parameters for stabilization ponds in the Altiplano: