Namu British Columbia - 2021 - Hakai Institute - Airborne Coastal Observatory

Hakai has committed to providing geospatial data about the Namu site to Core6 Environmental to help estimate costs in cleaning up the site. Core6 is working with the Heiltsuk FN to determine what’s involved in cleaning up the old cannery and surrounding areas. Hakai provided drone and multibeam survey data in addition to the ACO data detailed in this report. Namu – imagery collected July 18th, 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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Licence: Creative Commons Attribution 4.0
Limitations: Appropriate credit must be given to Hakai Institute and the authors of the dataset.

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Metadata Reference Date(s) November 25, 2022 (Publication)
November 25, 2022 (Revision)
Data Reference Date(s) July 18, 2021 (Creation)
September 30, 2021 (Publication)
Frequency of Update As Needed

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Field Value
Ocean Variables Other
Scope Dataset
Status Completed
Topic Category oceans
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Spatial Extent { "coordinates": [ -127.9, 51.85 ], "type": "Point" }
North Bounding Latitude 51.87
South Bounding Latitude 51.85
East Bounding Longitude -127.9
West Bounding Longitude -127.9
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