To meet the real-time information needs of today's decision makers


Real Time Research (RTR) is a small business that specializes in biological field studies, data analysis, and interpretation. Collectively, RTR employees have well over 50 years of experience conducting fish and wildlife projects in the Columbia River basin and elsewhere in western North America. Specifically, our biological expertise includes, but is not limited to, fish and wildlife (1) capture techniques, marking technologies, and abundance estimation; (2) biotelemetry and remote sensing; (3) condition assessments and physiological evaluations; (4) survival and mortality studies; and (5) habitat assessments. These investigations have informed environmental resource managers in implementing actions that bring measurable benefits to fish and wildlife populations and their habitats. We have published research results from these studies in ​nearly 50 peer-reviewed scientific journal articles and even more technical reports, benefiting both regional decision makers and the scientific community at large.

RTR specializes in applying geospatial technology to better understand the spatial and temporal relationships inherent in environmental data. For over 20 years our multidisciplinary team of geographers, software engineers, statisticians, and biologists have been at the forefront of the integration of mobile data collection with geospatial data processing and analysis, and web-based application development. Additionally, RTR has integrated unmanned aerial systems (UAS) into our mapping and monitoring workflows to provide rapidly deployable, cost-effective, highly-accurate 2D and 3D data. Image acquisition and surface modeling that has often been cost-prohibitive at the project level is now available as a standard toolset and deliverable to our projects. By integrating Real Time Kinematic (RTK) global navigation satellite systems (GNSS) into our UAS projects, we can provide centimeter-accurate imagery, point clouds, and thematic maps at a fraction of the cost typically needed to collect such data.

Finally, we work closely with our clients in fisheries and wildlife to develop custom data collection and management systems.  Our products and services greatly improve efficiency, accuracy, and security throughout the data collection and management process. RTR's proprietary software platform, RTR Field Forms (RFF), supports the rapid development and deployment of custom data solutions.  Our system architecture integrates mobile data collection applications, centralized databases, and secure data management consoles, all having maximum flexibility in order to meet the specific needs of each of our clients. RFF provides real-time integration for a constantly growing array of digital instrumentation, including hand-held and autonomous RFID readers, GPS receivers, cameras, and scales, just to name a few. Our process in developing these systems is ​highly interactive, often involving input from both field researchers and the end-users of the data, assuring the real-time data needs of our clients are being met.