Bute Inlet Area – Elliot Creek – Homathko Estuary - 2021 - Hakai Institute - Airborne Coastal Observatory

Hakai Institute deployed the Airborne Coastal Observatory as a part of its overall contribution to the science and monitoring at Elliot Creek following the Landslide and glacier outburst flood (GLOF) event. The ACO flew the defined Elliot Creek AOI 3 times in 2021, capturing seasonal changes including the 2021 Heat Dome event. This work was completed under the direction of Derek Heathfield, Brian Menounos, the Homalco FN, and other collaborators. A small area at the outlet of the Homathko river was also flown in during the summer acquisition at the request of Homalco First Nation.

Table of Bute Inlet project identification numbers, sites names, coverage size, and acquisition dates for 2021.

The Airborne Coastal Observatory (ACO) is a collaborative program led by the Hakai Institute with partners the University of Northern British Columbia and Kisik Aerial Surveying. The program offers rapid and accurate aerial observations of coastal ecosystems, from Icefields to Oceans. A Kisik Aerial Piper Navajo aircraft is packed with an array of integrated Earth imaging sensors and technology to provide highly visual and highly accurate data. Hakai’s Airborne Coastal Observatory was developed to map and monitor icefields to oceans by using a combination of airborne Lidar (Light Detection and Ranging), high-resolution imagery, and hyperspectral imagery. Combined, the ACO sensors provide data to quantify changes in seasonal snow cover and glacier mass loss. The ACO is an aerial remote sensing platform used by the Hakai Institute to survey landscapes in detail. A Piper Navajo aircraft carries an array of integrated airborne mapping sensors installed to collect data in concert. The aircraft is operated and maintained by Kisik Aerial Surveys (Delta, BC).

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Metadata Reference Date(s) November 08, 2022 (Revision)
November 24, 2022 (Publication)
Data Reference Date(s) April 16, 2021 (Creation)
December 01, 2021 (Publication)
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Scope Dataset
Status Completed
Topic Category oceans
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South Bounding Latitude 50.83
East Bounding Longitude -124.5
West Bounding Longitude -124.9
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