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Greg McDermid

The Crown Managers Partnership is developing a monitoring program that is intended to support the long-term health of the Crown of the Continent Ecosystem (CCE) and provide a scientifically credible foundation for managers to engage in natural resource protection activities. The monitoring strategy will focus on the development and acquisition of geospatial datasets from remote sensing and other GIS sources designed to track changes in habitats and human footprint consistently and reliably across the CCE. This information can then: be evaluated against the range of climate scenarios for the CCE monitor impacts and vulnerabilities in the face of climate change and assist managers with determining and implementing...
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This layer represents fires from 1985 to 2010 in the Crown of the Continent Ecosystem. This layer is not a complete representation of all fires. It is a compilation from multiple sources.
An ecological health monitoring program for the Crown of the Continent Ecosystem faces unique challenges posed by an international and inter-provincial border and multiple management jurisdictions. The project is intended to (i) evaluate the suitability of existing geospatial data sets for providing baseline information on habitats and human footprints, (ii) fill in missing or unreliable information through remote sensing, and (iii) develop the tools and monitoring strategies necessary for analyzing changes in baseline conditions through time. The team represents a unique partnership between the University of Calgary, the National Parks Service, and all participating agencies within the Crown Managers Partnership,...
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