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LAND-USE AND LANDSCAPE MODELLING


We create purpose-built land-use and landscape models. These models can simulate, over space and time, the natural evolution of ecosystems, as well as the impacts of management decisions and external drivers of change. With such tools, it is possible to test a range of management options, and evaluate their costs and benefits over time from a number of perspectives.

Land-use and landscape models don't need to be complicated, but they do need to be useful and efficient. A well designed approach to modelling should allow for timely and transparent decision-making. We are able to leverage our many years of experience to development models efficiently and to great effect.

We provide examples of our work in land-use and lanscape modelling, below.

Example in land-use planning

FORECASTING THE PETROLEUM AND NATURAL GAS FOOTPRINT IN BRITISH COLUMBIA

We worked with the BC Oil and Gas Commission to develop a spatially-explicit land-use model that projects the footprint of energy development in the province of British Columbia, Canada. The model was innovative, in that it took into consideration both sub-surface and surface constraints and opportunities to influence the development of the energy footprint over time.

Example in conservation planning

FOREST MANAGEMENT, PROTECTED AREAS, AND CARIBOU CONSERVATION IN NORTH-CENTRAL QUEBEC

Working in very close collaboration with Canadian Boreal Forest Agreeement ENGO and forest industry signatories, we developed a landscape model that projected the future state of forests, taking into account the dynamics of natural systems, forest management, forestry regulations, and optimized land-use zoning (e.g., protected area and managed forests). Together we tested scenarios and considered outcomes in terms of forest products, caribou habitat, and indicators of biodiverisity. We also helped coordinate with a First Nations community in the region. 

Example in policy development

OPTIMIZING LAND-USE FOR RECREATION AND OTHER ECOSYSTEM SERVICES

We helped the Gaspésie-les-Îles Research Consortium develop a methodology to optimize land-use zoning in the Gaspésie region of Quebec. The approach takes into account recreational opportunities along with other ecosystem services, such as timber and non-timber forest products, when assigning land-use over the region. 

Example in land-use planning

MODELLING THE FOOTPRINT OF ENERGY DEVELOPMENTS AROUND THE COMMUNITY OF CONKLIN, ALBERTA

For the Metis community of Conklin, Alberta, we worked collaboratively with ForCorp Solutions and energy companies to forecast potential energy footprints and their impacts on community values, mostly related to wildlife and non-timber forest products. 

CONTACT
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