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Workshop on Advanced mapping in the Coastal Zone a Huge Success

The workshop on technology related to Advanced Mapping and Monitoring within the Coastal Zone to Support Sustainable Harvesting and Coastal Development was a huge success with attendance from over 90 participants from industry, government, and academia, many of whom were new contacts for the college. Feedback from participants was positive with indication that they appreciated the technical information of our group’s research capability as well as the leading edge nature of the new equipment and technology which will be at our disposal.

Free Workshop on technology related to Advanced Mapping and Monitoring within the Coastal Zone to support Sustainable Harvesting and Coastal Development

Hosted by the Applied Geomatics Research Group (AGRG)
Nova Scotia Community College (NSCC)

Delta Halifax, 1990 Barrington St., Halifax
Friday, Feb. 14, 9:00 am-4:30 pm, lunch provided


Town of Bridgewater flood risk project

Tim Webster, PhD, Kevin McGuigan, Kate Collins, Candace MacDonald
Applied Geomatics Research Group
Centre of Geographic Sciences
NSCC, Middleton
Tel. 902 825 5475

Executive Summary

July: we made the news!

The month of July was busy with fieldwork where we were downloading data from our coastal monitoring sites: Cape John and Hirtles Beach. We were mainly downloading information from our weather stations and tide gauges. We still have to visit Mavellette in the Bay of Fundy. I managed to squeeze in a weeks’ worth of holiday in mid-July. We have started a new project for the main section of the LaHave River with the Municipality of the District of Lunenburg (MODL) where we will extend our hydrodynamic and flood risk work from the town of Bridgewater upstream to new Germany and downstream to the mouth of the LaHave River. As a result of this new project we installed another pressure sensor in the LaHave River downstream of New Germany and took flow measurements.

June the time for fieldwork

The month of June was busy with hosting Anders Eekland from Airborne Hydrography from Sweden and Bill Kidman from leading Edge Geomatics in Halifax where we discussed bathymetric lidar. As my role as the Chair of the Nova Scotia Branch of the Canadian Institute of Geomatics I hosted the participants of the Atlantic Association of Planning Technicians at their annual workshop at COGS. Kevin McGuigan and I headed to Bridgewater where I presented the results of our hydrodynamic modelling and flood risk project for the town to town council at their monthly meeting. The project was well received and was reported in the local media. I headed back to PEI mid-month to present on our Salt March Migration in PEI project at the Canadian Heritage Rivers Conference.

AGRG research makes the news

The research on flood-risk mapping of coastal and estuarine areas was in the news in July. Tim Webster was interviewed by Brigitte Noel of the CBC Fredericton television about the vintage of flood-risk maps in the Maritimes and the need to update such maps. Obviously the past experience of AGRG with lidar and flood risk mapping was the foundation of the interview related to “New Mapping Tools” and the improvements in science and our understanding of things like sea-level rise and crustal subsidence.

Big CFI win for a Bathymetric lidar system, April 26’13

As usual we have been very busy at AGRG, with the end of March projects being wrapped up. The team of Kevin, Candace and Nathan, with help from Kate who is off looking after a new member of her family all came through to deliver excellent research products. Some of the highlights were a project with Agriculture Canada to use our existing hydrodynamic model of the Nappan River to do adaptation planning and estimate volumes for things like adding a new dyke and one-way culvert, or raising the roadbed. We also completed phase 2 of a project using lidar to map objects that penetrate the Obstruction Limitation surface for 14 Wing Greenwood airfields.

From “down under”, March 18’13

At the 9th International Conference on Molluscan Shellfish Safety in Sydney Australia. We are here presenting results of our ACOA Atlantic Innovation Fund and Nova Scotia Research and Innovation Trust project on the development of a Coastal Water Quality Forecasting System for Shellfish Harvesting. In the photo from left to right are Walter Hajen (Environment Canada, Head of Marine Water Quality Monitoring - Pacific), Christopher Roberts (Environment Canada, Head of Marine Water Quality Monitoring - Atlantic), Dr. Tim Webster (NSCC, Principal investigator on the project), Bill Livingstone (NSCC, Project Manager), and Nathan Crowell (NSCC, Research Associate in charge of implementing the project).

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