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.
Field Tour Guide Slave Lake, Alberta on September 25th 2012
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.
Members from the Forest Watershed Center participated in the March LiDAR workshop titled “Building a sustainable Alberta through the application of LiDAR technologies” held earlier in Calgary this year, March 1-2, 2012. Click here to see the videos of the presentations relevant to the UNB-generated wet-areas mapping process and subsequent applications.
[We found] an impressive video from the wet-areas initiative at the Forest Watershed Research Centre of the University of New Brunswick. The animation was done by the Targetlock studio in Fredericton, New Brunswick. The video was created using full-resolution LiDAR point cloud elevations and high-resolution image drapes to showcase some of the applications that can be derived from these data.
– Greening Alberta’s Energy Sector: Lessons leaned from the Rainbow Pipeline Spill of 2011 (Jae Ogilvie, Barry White, Paul A. Arp)
– Application of LiDAR within government of Alberta: ASRD; Alberta Culture and Community Spirit; Alberta Tourism, Parks and Recreation; Alberta Geological Survey (Barry White, Robin Woywitka, and Duke Hunter)
– LiDAR and its Operational Role in Alberta Environment and Water (Don Page and Geniene Sabilla)
– LiDAR – Demonstrating Value to Parks through 101 Uses (Duke Hunter)
– Use of LiDAR-based Digital Terrain Analysis in Archaeological Modeling (Robin Woywitka)
For more about this event, download the agenda package.
by Steve D’Eon Viewpoints BC Forest Professional / May-June 2011
LiDAR also provides extremely accurate terrain mapping for optimizing road location, cut block layout and wet area mapping. The Wet Areas Mapping Initiative in Alberta has imported a tool developed at the University of New Brunswick and is in use by JD Irving. The LiDAR data recently acquired by the AB government has made it possible to begin mapping ephemeral streams and wet areas that otherwise would go unnoticed under the normal vegetation cover. This means fewer surprises when planning roads and cutblocks.
CBC Radio Interviews with Dr. Arp on the issues surrounding the predictive wet areas map in New Brunswick.
by Barb Scott, University of New Brunswick
by Paul A. Arp. FMN Research Note # 55
Wet Areas Mapping Program Overview [PDF]
Barry White, Alberta Sustainable Resource Development.
Wet Areas Mapping Principles and Application [PDF]
Dr. Paul Arp, University of New Brunswick.
Wet Areas: Technical Issues Related to Data use and Storage [PDF]
Jae Olgilvie, University of New Brunswick.
Optimizing Road Placement on Forest Landscapes to Minimize Impacts and Costs [PDF]
David Campbell, University of New Brunswick.
Application Within ASRD, Implications to Policy, and Future Plans [PDF]
Barry White, Alberta Sustainable Resource Development.
Wet-area maps for down-loading. Department of Natural Resources, Nova Scotia (November 2009).
AFEX – the Alberta Forest Extension Network – The Edge: Forest Innovation for Western Canada’s Forest Landscapes, People and Products (November 2009).
by Kristen Foreman, B.I.T – BIOS. Alberta Society of Professional Biologists (Winter 2009).
by David Holehouse – The Edge: Forest Innovation for Western Canada’s Forest Landscapes, People and Products (November 2009).
Considering water-table depth in forest management: towards better forest management planning and operations practices, by Gaetan Pelletier, J.D. Irving.
by Gavin Mealing. Media West Communications Inc. (October 2008).
Soil Survey Information + Wet Areas Mapping, by Kevin Keys, Department of Natural Resources, Nova Scotia.
by David Holehouse – The Edge: Forest Innovation for Western Canada’s Forest Landscapes, People and Products (June 2008).
Synopsis of on-going Canadian research on biomass harvesting and site productivity, by Brian Titus, Shannon Berch, Dave Morris, Rob Fleming, Paul Hazlett, David Pare, and Paul Arp. The scientific foundation for sustainable forest biomass harvesting guidelines and policy. SFMN Biomass Workshop. Toronto. 2008. See also Panel presentations on “Current site productivity research in Canada”. February 18-21, 2008. Toronto, Ontario.
Modeling and Mapping Sustainable Biomass Yields and Nutrient Expectations, with Forest Policy and Forest Operation Perspectives, by Paul A. Arp, Mark Castonguay, and Jae Ogilvie, Faculty of Forestry & Environmental Management, University of New Brunswick.From the 2008 FPS Eastern Canadian Section Spring Meeting, Bio-energy – Panacea or Pandora’s box?
by J. B. White, P. Arp and J. Ogilvie. Peatland Ecosystem Analysis and Training NETwork Conference: Reclamation and Restoration of Boreal Peatland and Forest Ecosystems: Toward a Sustainable Future. Edmonton, Canada. March 25-27, 2010