High-resolution wet-areas modelling and mapping and related field research is becoming an important component for assisting the Government of Alberta (GOA) with its newly announced Land-Use Management Framework.

Applications realized thus far pertain to (i) forestry: access planning, especially in view of the mountain pine beetle threat; planning and scheduling summer versus winter activities); (ii) park management: trail layout and campground locations, (iii) enhanced precision in locating cultural-historic sites. All of this adds considerable value to GOA’s LiDAR-image acquisition programme involving about 17 million ha  within Alberta’s green zone.