Expertise has been developed in the use of various tools to process information: database development and querying, statistical analysis, processing and analysis of aerial photographs and satellite imagery, and GIS (geographical information systems).
RAISON also uses advanced graphics and design programmes to compile maps, graphs and books so that information can be presented in simple, interesting and attractive ways. All these skills are combined with a broad conceptual perspective stemming from experience gained in human and environmental sciences. A better understanding of processes, issues and relationships between people and their environment can therefore be produced.
Most of RAISON's work has been done in Namibia and Angola, and often within the broader context of the Kalahari Basin. Substrates in this largest area of sand in the world drive how people, rivers, plants and animals function.