Extent of Canopy-Forming Kelps, Derived from World View-2, Central Coast, Central Coast, British Columbia

This dataset represents the extent of canopy-forming kelp (Nereocystis luetkeana and Macrocytis pyrifera) present at the ocean surface (hereafter referred to as surface canopy-forming kelp) for the year and season the imagery was collected. Canopy-forming kelp (Order Laminariales) are found along the coast of British Columbia. Two species, bull kelp (Nereocystis luetkeana) and giant kelp (Macrocystis pyrifera) are the most common species and are ecologically and biologically important components of nearshore ecosystems. Mapping their distribution is important for understanding the state and health of coastal areas.

The WorldView-2 satellite was tasked by the Hakai Institute and imagery collected in the summer of 2014 for the Goose group, McMullin group, Calvert Island, and Stirling Island region. Additional WorldView-2 imagery was acquired via a DigitalGlobe Foundation Grant for the South Calvert region, Simonds Group, Admiral and Tribal Groups region, Spider Island and Cultus Sound region. Imagery from the Stryker Island and Athlone Island region was provided through a collaboration of the Department of Fisheries and Oceans Canada and the Hakai Institute.

Prior to classification, each image region was corrected for atmospheric effects and land areas were masked. A supervised classification (maximum liklihood algorithm) was conducted to classify pixels which represent surface canopy-forming kelp. The results were imported into ArcGIS (10.5.1) and manually edited to remove pixel regions that were misclassified as kelp.

The majority of the imagery was collected August 13th, 2014. The image scene centered around the Stryker Island and Athlone Island region was collected July 22nd, 2012. The image scene centered around the South Calvert region was collected June 4th, 2015.

Contributors: Luba Reshitnyk and Wiebe Nijland

Cite as: Canopy-forming kelps extent derived from WorldView-2 imagery, Central Coast, British Columbia, Canada. Version 1.0. Hakai Institute. Dataset. [access date].)

Access and Use

Licence: Creative Commons Attribution 4.0
Limitations: Appropriate credit must be given to Hakai Institute and the authors of the dataset.

Data and Resources



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Metadata Reference Date(s) January 17, 2022 (Publication)
January 17, 2022 (Revision)
Data Reference Date(s) December 23, 2017 (Publication)
Frequency of Update As Needed

Responsible Party 1
Luba Reshitnyk
Hakai Institute
  • Custodian
  • Originator
  • Point of Contact
  • Processor
Responsible Party 2
Hakai Institute
  • Distributor
  • Owner
  • Resource Provider
Responsible Party 3
Hakai Geospatial Technology Team
Hakai Institute

Field Value
Ocean Variables
  • Macroalgal canopy cover and composition
  • Other
Scope Dataset
Status Completed
Topic Category oceans
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South Bounding Latitude 51.31001339554933
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Vertical Extent
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