Digital Data 2015-0047

Digital Data 2015-0047

DIG 2015-0047

Annual Vegetation Recovery Classification Results of the Play-Based Regulation Pilot Study Area Derived from 2009-2010 Landsat imagery (Image data, Tiff format)

Author(s) Chao, D.K. Chowdhury, S. Date 2015-10-23

In 2014, the Alberta Energy Regulator (AER) initiated a Play-Based Regulation (PBR) pilot project as a step towards implementation of the Unconventional Regulatory Framework. One of the goals of the PBR pilot is to encourage companies in the unconventional play area to work together on plans for surface development to minimize the numbers of facilities and surface impacts. This dataset is one of a series created using earth observation imagery to assess surface change caused by energy exploration.

The PBR area extends from Twp. 52, Rge. 7, W 5th Mer. to Twp. 70, Rge. 5, W 6th Mer., covering the towns of Edson, Fox Creek, Mayerthorpe, Whitecourt, Swan Hills, and Valleyview.

Landsat multispectral imagery for 2009 and 2010 and Land Use and Land Cover (LULC) classification data derived from 2010 were used to produce this dataset. The LULC changes include vegetation loss from anthropogenic disturbances, such as infrastructure related to oil and gas exploration, forestry and agriculture, and vegetation recovery from these disturbances.

This digital data release contains the vegetation recovery data, classified into 6 classes: 1 - shrub land, 2 - grassland, 3 - agricultural areas, 4 - coniferous forest, 5 - broadleaf forest and 6 - mixed forest.