Photos taken from the air will map entire Island landscape

Flyovers to photograph every square metre of Prince Edward Island will take place between July 15 - September 15 and the photos will be used in the Corporate Land Use Inventory to develop a new map of the province.

This work occurs every 10 years. The data, once assembled and analyzed, will provide Islanders with increased knowledge of all of PEI's lands and forests.

“For the first time, the 2020 inventory will include measurements to enable the Province to assess the standing volume of carbon sequestered in its forests and contribute to carbon budget modelling and accounting. This will inform climate change efforts, and allow monitoring of carbon dynamics and assessment of the resiliency of our forests.”

- Minister of Environment, Water and Climate Change Natalie Jameson

TDB Consultants Inc. & Airborne Sensing Corporation will take more than 4,000 photos from the air, which will be digitally stitched together to form a complete mosaic of the Island. 

Work will then begin on analyzing and verifying the data. First every photograph will be analyzed to define land uses such as forestry, agricultural, wetland, industrial, recreational, residential and transportation. Forest ground measurements of more than 800 plots will be compared to the air photo to provide information that cannot be gathered from the photos, like the types of ground vegetation and tree diameters.  

The 2020 Corporate Land Use inventory will also update provincial LiDAR (digital elevation) coverage to provide more detailed information on elevation of ground, vegetation and structure heights.  Taken together, this air photo mosaic, land use and LiDAR information is used extensively by every government department, RCMP, emergency responders, UPEI, Holland College, municipalities, and watershed groups. 

A new map of the Island is expected early 2021 with analysis and detailed verification of the information occurring until the end of 2022.


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Department of Environment, Water and Climate Change

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