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 Mapping of forest extent and quality for environmental baseline and/or impact assessment

 

Challenge ID:

HCP-4104

Originator:

Onshore: Hatfield

Title:

Mapping of forest extent and quality for environmental baseline and/or impact assessment.

Theme:

ON 4.1: Environmental monitoring - Baseline historic mapping of environment and ecosystems

Consortium Lead:

Hatfield

Interviewed Company:

Hatfield

Geography:

ON.REG.00 - Generic onshore

Challenge Description

What is not possible / not adequately addressed at present?

Identify and assess forest structure and quality as am important input to mapping important habitat and managing potential environmental impacts.

What effect does this challenge have on operations?

Mapping forest quality in a consistent manner is challenging, e.g. pristine vs. degraded forests. This increases the uncertainties and risks that all important habitats have been identified and characterized.

Thematic information requirements:

Land cover

Identification of habitat and biodiversity

What do you currently do to address this challenge? 

How is this challenge conventionally addressed?

Use available satellite imagery and elevation data and conduct forest inventory and habitat surveys.

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

Integration of high-resolution optical imagery with information on forest structure or biomass.

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

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

Satellite EO cannot adequately map forest quality and be used to extract forestry parameters.

Challenge Classification

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

Climate / Topography / Urgency:

Pre-license:

1

Climate class:

Generic climate

Exploration:

2

Topographic class:

Forest / woodland

Development:

4

Seasonal variations:

Warmer weather focus

Production:

2

Impact area:

Environmental

Decommissioning:

2

Technology urgency:

2 - Short term (2-5 years)

Challenge Information Requirements

Update frequency:

Snapshot

Data currently used:

LiDAR

Aerial imagery

High resolution multi-spectral imagery

Spatial resolution:

Regional, Basin

Thematic accuracy:

Not specific

Required formats:

Not Specific

Timeliness (Vintage):

Within six months

Geographic extents:

Regional

Existing standards:

Water Management Framework (Canada)