Ecosystem Monitoring

Foresty

User Requirements Expected Results and
Benefits
SAR Capabilities
  • Clearcut harvest with partial cut detection.
  • Forest typing.
  • Biomass estimation.
  • Disturbance detection.
  • Better assessment of forestry parameters.
  • Improved forestry management.
  • Better production capacity of forest lands.
  • Canadian international leadership in forest management and monitoring.

Monitoring riparian leave strips in forest clearcuts with multi-temporal RADARSAT Fine 2 mode image data.


Protected Areas and Wildlife Habitat

User Requirements Expected Results and
Benefits
SAR Capabilities
  • Glacier and permafrost monitoring.
  • Vegetation cover and change.
  • Monitoring wildlife habitat and threads to its integrity.
  • Landscape fragmentation monitoring.
  • Monitoring long-term changes in land cover in and around National Parks.
  • Preserving global biodiversity.
  • Improving ecological security in Canada.
  • Improving decision-making capacity in support of wildlife habitat conservation research, management and compliance programs.

Tracking of Polar Bears and Monitoring Changing Ice Conditions on Hudson Bay. GIS was used here to show the movements of the Polar bears combined with a Landsat-7 image showing changing ice conditions and part of the RADARSAT-1 mosaic showing Hudson Bay.

Agriculture

User Requirements Expected Results and
Benefits
SAR Capabilities
  • Vegetation types and conditions.
  • Soil properties.
  • Carbon Accounting and Verification.
  • Tillage practices.
  • Reducing agricultural risk.
  • Supporting and demonstrating environmental stewardship.
  • Better land use decision-making.
  • Contributing to economic competitiveness and environmental sustainability of industry through competitive intelligence and new farming techniques.

Crop identification and classification with RADARSAT. Five RADARSAT Standard 3 images have been used to obtain this classification. 13 classes of crops are identified in this classification.

Wetlands

User Requirements Expected Results and
Benefits
SAR Capabilities

Identifying and tracking coastal erosion.

  • Better assessment of shoreline response to changing natural conditions, such as climatic warming, or increased storminess, and to human activities near the sites, such as wharf construction or sediment extraction.

Costal change between 1972 and 1996. RADARSAT-1 Standard 7 image.

Coastal Change

User Requirements Expected Results and
Benefits
SAR Capabilities

Identifying and tracking coastal erosion.

  • Better assessment of shoreline response to changing natural conditions, such as climatic warming, or increased storminess, and to human activities near the sites, such as wharf construction or sediment extraction.

Costal change between 1972 and 1996. RADARSAT-1 Standard 7 image.