Remote Sensing

Learning Session: Remote Sensing Technologies for Coastal Mapping

A one day learning session for federal and provincial scientists and managers on Remote Sensing Technologies and Applications for Mapping and Monitoring the Coast was held on 5 November 2015 in Amherst, Nova Scotia. Under the guidance of the RCCOMcc, this session was hosted by the Atlantic Coastal Zone Information Steering Committee (ACZISC) with support from DFO-Maritimes, EC’s Gulf of Maine Initiative, NS Dept. of Fisheries and Aquaculture, and NB Dept. of Environment and Local Government.


The purpose of the learning session was to raise awareness, facilitate knowledge exchange and share experiences in the use of remote sensing technologies and applications particularly related to:
Coastal flooding; Habitat mapping; Coastal change detection; and Coastal infrastructure mapping. Remote sensing technologies and applications to be highlighted and discussed during the session included: LiDAR; Sonar; Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) satellite imagery; Multi-spectral imagery; and Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) or drones.


The format for the learning session incorporated presentations on specific technologies, their capabilities as well as logistical and cost considerations, case studies on the application of remote sensing data, examples of collaborative initiatives formed to acquire and utilize remote sensing data, and a preliminary discussion on ways to build or enhance future collaboration in the Maritime Provinces. Speakers included government, academic and industry representatives from within the Maritimes as well as speakers from the US Army Corp of Engineers and US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

  • 5 November 2015: 0900 - 1700 hrs – Atlantic Standard Time.

  • Location: Wandlyn Inn, Amherst, Nova Scotia, and virtual participation via WebEx.

0900-0910 – Introduction 
0910-0920 – Objectives of the session; participant expectations (PDF)
0920-0930 – Background document: remote sensing technologies (Inventory - Final Report)
0930-0955 – Jennifer Wozencraft, Emerging Remote Sensing Applications (PDF - Video: 1 - 2)

0955-1020 – Jamie Carter, NOAA’s Coastal-Change Analysis Program (PDF - Video: 1 - 2)

1020-1035 – Break

1035-1105 – Dirk Werle, Coastal Applications of Satellite Radar (PDF - Video: 1 - 2)
1105-1135 – Dr. Vladimir Kostylev, Seabed Mapping Initiatives at NRCan (PDF - Video: 1 - 2)
1135-1200 – Peter Nishimura, Impacts of new data upon coastal development on PEI (PDF - Video: 1 - 2)

1200-1300 – Lunch

1300-1330 – Dr. Tim Webster, Topo-bathy LiDAR for coastal research in Maritime Canada (PDF - Video: 1 - 2)
1330-1400 – Jacinthe Cormier, Bathymetric LiDAR activities at Canadian Hydrographic Service – Atlantic (PDF - Video: 1 - 2)
1400-1430 – Dr. Marc Skinner, Developing and Refining Remote Sensing Tools and Methodologies to Map and Quantitatively Monitor Eelgrass Beds
1430-1500 - John Charles, Climate Change Adaptation Plans and Strategies in Halifax Regional Municipality (PDF - Video: 1 - 2)

1500-1515 – Break

1515-1545 – Panel on Drone (UAV) use for remote sensing in the coastal zone
• Dr. Adam Fenech, Tracking Coastal Erosion across Prince Edward Island (PDF)
• Robert Starkes, Oil Spill Preparedness and Response Planning in Tidal Inlets (PDF)
• Dr. David K. Cairns, The Phantom Vision drone as a Mapping Tool for Aquatic Resource Management (PDF)

1545-1630 – Closing Panel: Perspectives on using remote sensing in the coastal zone. (Video: 1 - 2 - 3)
National perspectives
• Jacinthe Cormier, Canadian Hydrographic Service, Canada (PDF)
• Jennifer Wozencraft, US Army Corp of Engineers, USA (PDF)
• Jamie Carter, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, USA (PDF)
A Provincial perspective
• Reid McLean, Government of New Brunswick (PDF)

1630-1700 – Next Steps - Wrap up

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