Alberta’s Wet Areas Mapping Initiative: Innovation supporting continuous improvement in environmental performance

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. 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.

FP Innovations August 2012

Enhanced prediction of soil disturbance in forest harvest operations

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.

LiDAR workshop 2012: Building a sustainable Alberta through the application of LiDAR technologies

LiDAR workshop 2012: Building a sustainable Alberta through the application of LiDAR technologies

– 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.

Making Better Business Decisions Using Enhanced Forest Inventories

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.

SFMN Network Workshops

Alberta’s New Wet Areas Mapping Initiative.

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.