The UNB Forest Watershed Research Centre has been selected by the Canadian Institute of Forestry as the 2017 recipient of the Canadian Forest Management Group Achievement Award. This Award recognizes the outstanding achievements by teams or groups of managers, researchers, and scientists in the field of natural resource management related activities in Canada. The UNB Forest Watershed Research Centre’s innovative and outstanding achievements, and the exploration, application, and excellence in research and science makes it truly deserving of this honour.
On June 6 and June 8, 2017, a mix of foresters, landscape planners, government scientists, community members, and students gathered to hear current and former graduate students describe their work at the EMEND research site. The presentations and discussions were part of the EMEND Symposium 2017, hosted in Peace River and Edmonton. Some attendees were familiar or even involved with the EMEND project, while others were just then learning about the world-class experiment operating a short drive from their homes. All of them came away with new insights about ecosystem-based management and the diverse projects being conducted by a new generation of researchers. Several of the reports presented new findings based on Alberta Wet-Areas Mapping Initiative. About 4 million ha of wet-area maps are now available at http://aep.alberta.ca/forms-maps-services/maps/resource-data-product-catalogue/hydrological.aspx
High resolution inventory solution (HRIS) developed through Tesera is being used to maximize the return on investments on timber and non-timber management properties. Tesera integrated the depth-to-water map produced by the Forest Watershed Research Centre, which helps to outline riparian buffers using stream, wetland, lake, and river datasets.
To see more about this project visit: Maximize Return on Investments using High Resolution Data in Forest Planning – Part 1.
Forest Watershed Research Centre (March 2017) is further advancing its flow-channel and wet-areas mapping initiative WAM) using “PhoDAR” (Photogrammetric Detection and Ranging) technology. The aim is to model and map flow channels and wet areas at the 1 to 10 cm scale for specific areas of interest, based on stereo imagery.
A blog post was published on Esri Canada’s website highlighting 2016 Esri Young Scholar Marie-France Jones. It is an interview that explains Marie-France’s work and experience at the Esri San Diego user conference. You can read the interview here: http://esri.ca/en/blog/esri-young-scholar’s-take-esri-user-conference-experience
Marie-France is a PhD candidate in Forestry, working in the Forest Watershed Research Centre under the supervision of Dr. Paul Arp. She was is also the 2016 Esri Canada Higher Education Scholarship recipient for UNB. She holds a Master of Science in Forestry, studies focusing on hydrology and forest soils from UNB, and a Bachelor of Science in Forestry and Environmental Management, also from UNB.
Alberta’s wet areas mapping initiative was initiated in 2005 and has made positive contributions to land and forest management. During this ten year time period, the wet areas mapping model has undergone a significant transformation to address complex challenges of mapping lands within the boreal forest. New spin-off modelling tools have also become an operational reality. A new understanding of moisture distributions on the forested landscape at high resolutions has spurred new scientific studies in the field of ecology, growth and yield and reclamation. This scientific symposium will report on a decade of innovation.
The Forest Watershed Research Centre provided a quick overview of its flood extent mapping initiative by way of a short presentation, entitled “Mapping inland and coastal flooding: streams, rivers, lakes”.
Meeting details: http://www.nbse.ca/planning/meetings/rsc7-other-meeting-2015-10-26/
Mina Nasr successfully defended her PhD thesis entitled: GEOSPATIAL ANALYSIS OF TOTAL MERCURY CONCENTRATIONS IN STREAM AND LAKE SEDIMENTS ACROSS CANADA. Her thesis was considered “monumental” by the examination committee in terms of scope and detail. Parts of the thesis have already been published, and more will appear in publications and in a government report.
A blog post was published on Esri Canada’s website highlighting 2015 Esri Young Scholar Shane Furze. It is an interview that explains Shane’s work and experience at the Esri San Diego user conference. You can read the interview here: http://esri.ca/en/blog/tales-san-diego-uc-esri-young-scholars-experience.
Shane is a PhD candidate in Forestry, working in the Forest Watershed Research Centre under the supervision of Dr. Paul Arp. He is also a 2014 Esri Canada GIS Scholarship recipient. He has a Masters of Environmental Management from UNB and a BSc in Environmental Science in Biology from St. Francis Xavier University.
The Forest Watershed Research Centre was featured in Issue 14 of Pan European Networks, a magazine with a focus on Science & Technology (Materials Wealth). To view the article click here.
This presentation details how height increments of spruce plantations vary in relation to two rasterized LiDAR-DEM derived indicators of soil wetness / drainage, i.e.,
- the cartographic Depth-to-Water index DTW, referring to the elevational rise away from nearest streams and other surface water bodies, and
- the Terrain Wetness Index TWI, referring to the logarithm of the upslope flow accumulation area over slope ratio at each raster pixel.
The Forest Watershed Research Centre was featured in Issue 161 of International Innovation, a magazine with a focus on science, research and technology.
To view the article click here.
The LiDAR-based depth-to-water maps produced by the Watershed Center was featured in the Skogforsk 2014 edition of ShortCuts, a quarterly report that showcases the latest forest research news from Sweden.
Jae Ogilvie provides a definitive description of Alberta’s wet area mapping research and the development and opportunities from Canada’s largest wet area mapping dataset. This series of videos cover an hour long lecture, given by Jae Ogilvie, Friday, April 11, 2014 at the University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta. The lecture was sponsored by Alberta Environment and Sustainable Resource Development.
Link to the video series.
The 22nd Annual Emerald Awards Ceremony celebrates environmental excellence in Alberta. The Government of Alberta received the award in 2013 for the Development for Alberta’s Wet Areas Mapping Initiative through the Forest Research Watershed Center. Watch the videos of the ceremony by clicking here.
Some people in Grand Lake believe recent rain and flooding is a sign of more dramatic and permanent changes to the climate.
The word about wet-areas mapping has reached the pipeline industry, as evident from the following news article.
Learning from LiDAR – Wet Areas Mapping program giving industry a better view of the landscape
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.
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.
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.
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.