Ecosystem Monitoring

Images produced with data from Earth Observation satellites are a smart choice if you want to see changes that have occurred in a given area.

With radar technology, it is possible to see differences in the texture and evenness of forest cover, which helps identify harvested areas and determine major changes in forest density.

Radar technology is also currently used in the agriculture sector to monitor crop growth and determine favourable conditions for maximum yields.

With the RADARSAT Constellation Mission's new capabilities, it will be possible to obtain data on vegetation and soil properties more quickly, allowing for a fast response to problems such as drought. This will reduce the risk of losing crops.

Agriculture

User requirements Expected results and benefits
  • Mapping and classification of crop types
  • Knowledge of soil properties (moisture, roughness, etc.)
  • Help with making decisions on how to optimize crop profitability
  • Assistance in order to increase competitiveness and ensure the environmental sustainability of Canada's agriculture industry
  • Support for the compilation of a Canadian annual crop inventory

Forestry

Credit: Nicola Briscolini

User requirements Expected results and benefits
  • Detection of clear-cut and partial-cut harvesting, and monitoring of forest regeneration following disturbances
  • Estimates of biomass and forest cover density
  • Forest management is optimized in order to preserve biodiversity and resource supply and ensure sustainable development
  • More accurate assessment of various forest parameters

Protected areas and wildlife habitat

Credit: Ryan Hagerty

User requirements Expected results and benefits
  • Monitoring of changes in land use in and on the periphery of national parks
  • Monitoring of the fragmentation of landscapes that may have an impact on the integrity of wildlife habitats
  • Monitoring of vegetation cover and related changes
  • Biodiversity preserved
  • Better decision making in support of ecosystem conservation-related research, management and compliance programs

Wetlands

User requirements Expected results and benefits
  • Mapping and classification of wetlands
  • Conservation and careful use of resources in wetlands
  • Support for the compilation of a Canadian wetlands inventory

Coastal changes

User requirements Expected results and benefits
  • Identification and monitoring of coastline erosion
  • Development of improved methods to assess impacts of changing climate conditions on coastlines
  • Impact assessment of human activities near coastlines, particularly the construction of wharves or sediment removal