Working together in the name of environmental preservation, a group of researchers in Atlantic Canada is developing a unique new network that hopes to have a positive impact on the Maritimes.
Using infrastructure support from the CFI, the Applied Geomatics Research Group (AGRG) has been instrumental in establishing the Applied Geomatics Research Network for Maritime Sustainable Development. The network's goal is to physically strengthen the research linkages between researchers at universities and colleges throughout the Maritimes, and to expand the field science component of recent research to allow validation of new remote sensing technologies and high-resolution elevation models (including the marine environment).
Part of the Centre of Geographic Sciences at Nova Scotia Community College in Lawrencetown, Nova Scotia, the network was established to research the application of Geomatics technologies in the Atlantic Coastal Zone. It does this by applying Geomatics at four levels-mapping, monitoring, modeling, and management—within six research programs: Marine Remote Sensing and Sea Floor Visualization; Environmental Geology Mapping and Modeling; Habitat Modeling; Environmental Monitoring and Quality Assessment; Geomatics Technology Integration; and Environmental Management. Network partners include local non-government organizations (NGOs), universities throughout the Maritimes, government agencies, and private-sector companies.
Led by Bob Maher of the Applied Geomatics Research Group, network researchers hope the projects supported by the infrastructure will lead to major contributions in the application of Geomatics to the issues of Maritime sustainable development. They also hope to build on current research in a number of areas including flood risk mapping, flood economic impact, water quality, and the monitoring of wetlands and protected areas. It's all intended to support better decision-making in natural resource management, and to ultimately improve the quality of life for communities in these regions.