Kelp Monitoring - MAPP - Hakai Institute - 2020 - Airborne Coastal Observatory

The primary goal of this collective project is to gather imagery for broad areas of the British Columbia coast in order to map canopy cover of peak kelp biomass. There are multiple end users and partners through MaPP, but the methods and primary goal are the same and therefore we have grouped them into one project report. All flights have occurred during peak kelp growth season (July - September, 2020). The projects are located on the BC Central Coast (project #3007), Haida Gwaii (project #3018 & #3029), the BC North Coast (project #3019, and NE Vancouver Island (project #3020). Imagery resolution varies between 8-10 cm and is the primary data product in order to extract kelp canopy extent.
Project #20-3007-01 was successfully flown on Sept 4th, 2020. Project #20-3029-01 was successfully flown on Sept 5th, 2020. Project #20-3020-01 was successfully flown on July 25th, 2020. Data products available: Lidar data (LAZ)- classified point cloud – digital surface model – digital terrain model. Image data (TIFF) – 4 band orthophotos – RGB & NIR. Hyperspectral data (not always captured). A detailed project report with the summary of acquisition, processing, and overall hardware / software is available (PDF). Sensors and instrument breakdown: Inertial Navigation System: Manufacturer: Applanix (Canada), IMU Model: POS AV 510 IMAR, GNSS Model: Trimble AV39. Laser sensor: Riegl LMS-Q 780 long-range airborne laser scanner. Point density ranges per project and landscape from 1-12 points per square meter. Aerial cameras: two fully integrated Phaseone Industrial iXU-RS1000 medium format cameras, resolution: 100MP, lens: 50mm f/4.0 Rodenstock. Hyperspectral Sensor: manufacturer: Specim, model: AisaFENIX 384, spectral range: 380 - 2500 nm

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Metadata Reference Date(s) September 3, 2021, 21:42 (UTC) (Revision)
September 22, 2021, 00:00 (UTC) (Publication)
Dataset Reference Date(s) July 25, 2020 (Creation)
December 31, 2020 (Publication)
Frequency of Update As Needed


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Status On Going
Topic Category oceans
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  • Name: Geospatial Technology Team
    Affiliation: Hakai Institute
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    Role: Custodian
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  • Individual Name: Geospatial Technology Team
    Organisation Name / Affiliation: Hakai Institute
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    Role: Owner
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South Bounding Latitude 50.17
East Bounding Longitude -125.2
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Temporal Extent Begin: 2020-07-25
End: 2020-09-05
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