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.
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”.
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.
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.
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.
Edmunton, June 6, 2013. Emeral Awards. The Alberta Department of Environment and Sustainable Resource Development was recognized for its Wet Areas Mapping Initiative, done through collaboration with the Forest Watershed Research Centre of the Faculty of Forestry and Environmental Management at UNB.
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.
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.
Presentated at: Preparing for Climate 2100 – Tools and strategies for NB communities. November 14th to 16th, 2012, Fredericton Convention Centre. The Forest Watershed Research Centre presented the current state of LiDAR-based wet-areas mapping in New Brunswick, in a series of three 30 min presentations, with an attendance of 40 per session. This mapping approach also featured in a number of community oriented conference banners.
Research at FP Innovations furthers the understanding and protection of forest soils through activities focused on real-time tracking of harvest machines and related machine-soil interactions. These activities contribute to developing a soil trafficability model, led by researchers at the Forest Watershed Research Centre, Faculty of Forestry and Env. Mgt., University of New Brunswick. This is done in UNB partnership with J.D. Irving Ltd. and FP Innovations, with CRD support from NSERC.