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  • Hatfield-4201: Remediation and reclamation monitoring

Challenge ID:

HCP-4201

Originator:

Onshore: Hatfield

Title:

Remediation and reclamation monitoring.

 

Theme:

ON 4.2: Environmental monitoring - Continuous monitoring of changes throughout the lifecycle

Consortium Lead:

C-CORE

Interviewed Company:

C-CORE

Geography:

ON.REG.00 - Generic onshore

Challenge Description

What is not possible / not adequately addressed at present?

There is a need for improved quantification of the recovery of vegetation in disturbed areas, e.g. seismic lines, well pad areas. Ongoing monitoring and biomass estimates of re-growth would support regulatory requirements to assess restoration. Also need for improved integration and development of vegetation re-growth models with monitoring. Further need to separate naturally occurring trends in vegetation from project specific impacts.

What effect does this challenge have on operations?

Typically a regulatory requirement to assess, monitor and report recovery of developed and remediated areas. Repeated environmental assessment may be required compared the baseline.

Thematic information requirements:

Distribution and status of infrastructure

Land cover

Ortho base images

Land use

What do you currently do to address this challenge? 

How is this challenge conventionally addressed?

In-situ monitoring performed and supported by field surveys and local knowledge. LiDAR based assessments are sometimes performed for vegetation structure and height to assess regrowth rates. An assumption of the recovery period may be made due to lack of data.

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

More frequent and consistent land cover trend analysis. Integrated biomass models with remote sensing inputs to support scientific evidence that regrowth has been fully integrated into surrounding environment.

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

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

Biomass estimates can require very high-resolution data which can be expensive on a regional basis or even on site basis (e.g. distributed well pads). High resolution satellite image archives can be limited. Need to use information derived from different

Challenge Classification

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

Climate / Topography / Urgency:

Pre-license:

3

Climate class:

Generic climate

Exploration:

1

Topographic class:

Forest / woodland

Development:

2

Seasonal variations:

Warmer weather focus

Production:

3

Impact area:

Environmental

Decommissioning:

4

Technology urgency:

3 - Immediately (0-2 years)

Challenge Information Requirements

Update frequency:

Annually

Data currently used:

LiDAR

Aerial imagery

High resolution optical imagery

Spatial resolution:

Basin to License

Thematic accuracy:

Not specific

Required formats:

Not Specific

Timeliness (Vintage):

Within six months

Geographic extents:

Regional

Existing standards:

None