Ducks Unlimited Canada is expanding the Enhanced Wetland Classification to the North
Since the 1990’s, Ducks Unlimited Canada's (DUC) boreal program has been using satellite imagery to map wetland ecosystems across Canada’s western boreal region. This has led to the mapping of 67 million hectares of land, predominantly across the Boreal Plains Ecozone. DUC’s wetland inventory has been used to support land use planning, industrial impact mitigation through BMP activities, wetland policy development, and other key wetland protection efforts. DUC is now expanding its mapping efforts into the Northwest Territories (NWT). Using a combination of satellite radar and optical imagery, DUC’s team of Remote Sensing Analysts are developing wetland mapping products for the Dehcho (20.5 million hectares; Taiga Plains Ecozone) and South Slave (27 million hectares; Taiga Shield Ecozone) regions of the NWT. A key component of this work will involve overhead helicopter collection of field site information which will be completed in summer 2017. The information collected in the field allows the Analyst to accurately relate satellite imagery to wetland types. For more information contact Michael Merchant.