Our Motivation

Over the past few years, the GeoAdaptive team has developed many methods and models that aim to increase understanding of temporal and spatial distribution of patterns and impacts related to habitats, species, ecosystems, and biodiversity. Due to the recent increase of the intensity of extreme natural events, combined with increasing anthropological pressures, environmental and conservation planning in coastal areas is becoming a very important area of interest, and a field that GeoAdaptive is well-equipped to investigate. In addition to coastal and marine planning, GeoAdaptive’s environmental science team works within a wide variation of ecosystems, in a range of locations in Central and North America.

GeoAdaptive develops strategies for the integration of spatial techniques to evaluate conservation priorities, land acquisition, green networks, and coastal and marine spatial planning. These services aim to increase the understanding of temporal and spatial distribution and patterns related to habitats, species, ecosystems, and biodiversity with the goal of informing decision-making processes related to conservation, planning, and development. Our approach considers the interactions between climate change, urban spaces, human activities, and marine and terrestrial environments. These processes are critical to decision makers in the development of more sustainable and resilient strategies and actions for the urban and natural environment in order to plan for potential environmental impacts in the future.

Our Approach

Our team employs advanced GIS modeling techniques, coupled with biological expertise and landscape-scale alternative scenario planning knowledge to evaluate potential impacts to critical environments and species. Assessments include impacts due to climate change (sea level rise, sea surface temperature, and precipitation forecasting), harvesting pressure, and loss of, or critical changes to habitat due to urbanization or other non-compatible land uses. Clients who employ us in this practice area are interested in understanding the mechanisms affecting long-term survival, resilience, and persistence of species, supporting habitats, ecosystems, and ecosystem services. We are tasked with interpreting their future variances and assisting mangers and scientists with the range of potential opportunities to support their conservation goals.

Our Services

  • Integrated coastal management
  • Marine spatial planning
  • Conservation and ecological planning
  • Ecosystem services evaluation
  • Open space planning
  • Habitat and suitability modeling
  • Environmental resiliency analysis
  • Future scenario impact analyses


Practice areas

For more information

Dr. Kimberly Karish, LEED AP
Conservation and Environmental Science Specialist

Ph +1 617-682-9920 (GMT -07:00)

Ph +1 617-227-8885 (GMT -05:00)

Featured Project

Florida Keys Marine Adaptation Planning Project (KEYSMAP)| Florida Keys, USA