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 Identify sensitive habitat to minimise and manage impacts of activities

 

Challenge ID:

HCP-1301

Originator:

Onshore: Hatfield

Title:

Identify sensitive habitat to minimise and manage impacts of activities.

Theme:

ON 1.3: Seismic Planning - Identification of environmentally sensitive areas

Consortium Lead:

Hatfield

Interviewed Company:

Hatfield

Geography:

ON.REG.00 - Generic onshore

Challenge Description

What is not possible / not adequately addressed at present?

Habitat information is required to understand the operating environment and to predict the potential environmental impacts of activities.

 

What effect does this challenge have on operations?

Need to manage environmental risks related to development. Identification of sensitive habitat and understanding of biodiversity in an operating area is important for environmental management. Examples: Australia Canning Basin - flora is a key component; Canada - habitat  for woodland caribou or grizzly bear. Need to minimize disturbance based on regulations.  Require up-to information on the current habitat and disturbance.

Thematic information requirements:

Distribution of habitat and biodiversity

Land Cover

Land Use

What do you currently do to address this challenge? 

How is this challenge conventionally addressed?

Baseline and environmental assessment of the field activities are required. Regulations may define the scope, or biodiversity experts will identify the valuable environmental components to be considered based on local knowledge. May require biodiversity surveys and/or wildlife monitors. Minimise disturbance based on information on existing disturbance or land use in the area.

What kind of solutions do you envisage could address this challenge?

Integration of ground-based biodiversity information and habitat classes to clearly define  habitat. Habitat classes must provide a basis to predict biodiversity impacts and detect actual change.

What is your view on the capability of technology to meet this need?

Are you currently using EO tech? If not, why not?

Habitat interpretation needs to be compatible with ground-based biodiversity survey data. Elevation data and geology data often required to fully characterize habitats, which is difficult to acquire in remote locations and from satellite imagery.

 

Challenge Classification

Impact on Lifecycle (0=none, 4=high):

Climate / Topography / Urgency:

Pre-license:

1

Climate class:

Tropical humid

Exploration:

3

Topographic class:

Not specific

Development:

3

Seasonal variations:

Any season

Production:

2

Impact area:

Environmental

Decommissioning:

1

Technology urgency:

3 - Immediately (0-2 years)

Challenge Information Requirements

Update frequency:

Snapshot

Data currently used:

Ground survey, satellite imagery

Spatial resolution:

Basin

Thematic accuracy:

Not specific

Required formats:

Not Specific

Timeliness (Vintage):

Within six months

Geographic extents:

Basin

Existing standards:

World Bank / IFC Performance Standards on Environmental and Social

Sustainability