Mike Leech, GISP

Mike Leech, GISP

As the Geospatial Services Director, Mike integrates geospatial and technology service solutions for environmental planning and design. This understanding and knowledge of new and emerging technologies enables ESA to provide clients across the U.S. with real-time analytics, data visualization, and information management solutions.

Mike brings 15 years of experience in technical project management, database development, and training for tribal governments, universities, and private consulting firms. Mike has partnered with clients including the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Bureau of Land Management, and City of Mukilteo to develop customized mobile and web-based geospatial products to enable efficient long-term project planning and implementation. His experience includes deploying field teams with GPS devices for data collection, mapping plant communities using object-based and pixel-based remote sensing tools, and managing software development life cycles for international humanitarian organizations. He has developed curricula for intensive hands-on courses for the Northwest Environmental Training Center in areas of GIS software applications, spatial database development, and information management.

Mike holds a Master of Science in geography from Western Washington University, as well as Bachelor of Arts degrees in biology and environmental studies from Indiana University. He is certified as a geographic information systems professional by the GIS Certification Institute and as a Certified Professional Scrum Master by Scrum.org. Mike is a member of the Association for American Geographers and the Northwest GIS Users Group.

Tech Speak: Flying a Drone
Technically Speaking: New Tools for Natural Resource and Habitat Assessments The ESA Drone Program has recently added three 5-band precision sensors to our fleet, which will support a range of natural resource assessments. With this gimbal technology mounted on our DJI Inspire 2 drones, we can collect visual band (RGB) imagery as well as vegetation indices with near infrared (NIR) spectroscopy (or RedEdge), including normalized difference vegetation index (NDVI), a method of determining whether an area contains live green vegetation. Read More »
Three Ways We’re Using Technology to Work Smarter ESA has been exploring new ways to use technology to increase our efficiency collecting and managing data both in the office and in the field. Here are three ways we are streamlining workflows for the public comment process, monitoring, and developing complex climate models. Read More »
Two People Flying a Drone
UAS/Drone Services: FAA Nationwide Program Expansion to 500 Airports Begins With the FAA’s implementation of the Low Altitude Authorization and Notification Capability (LAANC) system, the FAA will be able to grant faster authorizations while maintaining the safety of the National Airspace System. Read More »
Geospatial Services Advance Projects ESA is charting new territories and solving environmental problems in ways that are more powerful and efficient than ever before. Read More »
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