- Wet Areas Mapping
The LiDAR-based depth-to-water maps produced by the Watershed Center was featured in the Skogforsk 2013 (1) edition of ShortCuts, a quarterly report that showcases the latest forest research news from Sweden.
May 1, 2013 at the UNB Wu Conference Center, Fredericton, NB
A summary dealing with hydrology risks in New Brunswick and how to utilize LiDAR mapping to delineate areas of high risk.
The 22nd Annual Emerald Awards, June 6, 2013, Edmonton
Among the finalists (Government Institutions): Alberta Department of Environment and Sustainable Resource Development (ESRD)
Alberta’s ESRD Department actively pursues innovative solutions to balance economic, environmental and social concerns. In part, doing this places emphasis on conserving aquatic habitats and sensitive lands. The problem is that traditional mapping of water and soils relied upon photo-interpretation. But unseen wet areas, unknown locations of sensitive soils, and stream channels hidden under vegetation canopies have made resource planning unduly difficult and expensive. The Department therefore commenced on what has become a nine-year journey with researchers at the University of New Brunswick to develop algorithms and functional data sets to map hydrological and soil features at unprecedented resolution by way of geographic information technology. In this process, wet-areas mapping has become a means for recognizing an innovation opportunity, and a model for moving good science towards simple, robust and cost-effective tools with a growing array of applications. Altogether, this initiative is about empowering Albertans by providing them with readily visualized information to achieve environmental excellence in land-use planning and management.
New Brunswick Climate Change Adaptation Project Profiles
February 12, 2013
Using LiDAR generated point cloud data, the Forest Watershed Research Center is assisting the province of New Brunswick in mapping and classifying potential hydrological risks (especially flooding and erosion) inland and along the coasts. The project will provide provincial and municipal authorities with a means to scope, evaluate and classify hydrological risks in a comprehensive manner across the Province.
February 11, 2013
Alberta Environment and Sustainable Resource Development, in close partnership with the University of New Brunswick, has completed the development of wet area datasets for 14 million hectares along its Foothills to Boreal Region. These datasets, done at 1 meter resolution using light distance and ranging (LiDAR) technologies, are now freely available for users. A one-day workshop, addressed to the energy sector, was conducted to demonstrate the utility of wet areas mapping in reducing operational costs and fostering stewardship of Alberta’s landscapes.
Flood risk & depth to water mapping. Presentated at: Preparing for Climate 2100 - Tools and strategies for NB communities. November 14th to 16th, 2012, Fredericton Convention Centre http://atlanticadapta