Environmental Quality

environmental quality

In recent times, proponents of sustainable development have tried to find a definition for optimal environmental quality.

This search has yielded two main approaches:

  • The ecological approach: in which an ecosystem is considered to have high environmental quality when its quality over a given period, when analyzed, is consistent with the quality the ecosystem possesses during, what in ecological terms is called, a state of climax. In other words, any human intervention modifies the balance and is not aceptable.
  • The anthropological approach: which considers that an ecosystem possesses high environmental quality when the expectations generated by visitors and inhabitants in a specific area, in terms of availability and easy access to natural resources and the absence or presence of harmful agents, are satisfied; for example, the bacteriological quality of sea water, beach quality, the organoleptic quality of drinking water, etc.

Thus, in the case of tourist hubs, which have experienced the creation of man-made landscapes, the anthropological approach opposes the ecological one.

In order to objectively identify the environmental quality of a particular environment, independent of the approach employed, an environmental indicator must be used. An indicator consists of physical, chemical and biological vectors considered to be important depending on each particular situation. For these vectors to be considered indicators, they must be measurable by fast, inexpensive instruments with great sensitivity to environmental changes and which are easy to understand in relation to the local and global regulatory frameworks.

GRUPO TECOPY is aware that, more and more, global trends are tending toward an increased respect for the environment in every sense of the word. This concern for quality has spread to cities where a multitude of variables which directly affect health (levels of CO2, heavy metals, etc.) are monitored daily. In all these areas, GRUPO TECOPY is able to contribute their experience and knowledge, offering the following services:

  • Environmental indicator selection and monitoring.
  • Developing dispersion models for pollutants by air or by river.
  • Environmental quality studies using GIS (point and multi-temporal analysis).