2016 Stakeholder Workshop

Science and Practice

Workshop Descriptions

Members of the Boreal Ecosystem Recovery and Assessment (BERA) project held their first stakeholder engagement workshop on Wednesday, November 30th, in Edmonton, Alberta. It was both an opportunity to introduce the project itself, its members, and the scientific research being undertaken, as well as a means of inviting meaningful discussions between members, partners, existing and potential new collaborators around the practical applications of BERA research and innovation. The workshop was started with welcoming remarks by Dr. Greg McDermid, followed by a keynote address by Dr. Tara Fulton who set the stage for a morning of brief, informative talks and meaningful dialogue. BERA’s three main research teams – Remote Sensing, Sensor Network, and Ecology – provided overviews of their work within the overall project to date. Brief progress updates were provided by each team as well as individual lightning talks introducing the ongoing research projects that were available to view and discuss in more details during an interactive poster session. A moderated discussion was held at the end of the workshop, in order to encourage open dialogue between the workshop hosts, their partners, collaborators and other stakeholders engaged on the frontlines of similar research and planning needs. Informative feedback and meaningful input into ensuring project relevance to BERA partners’ and collaborators’ needs and to the future direction of ecosystem recovery monitoring within Alberta was the focus of the discussion.

We want to thank all workshop participants for engaging with us and providing their valuable feedback! We will be working on exploring your inputs and synthesizing the meeting outcomes in the New Year and we already look forward to another exciting year of BERA research!

Workshop Details

Date: Wednesday, November 30th, 2016, 8:30 am – 1:30 pm

Location: Wild Rose Room, Lister Center, University of Alberta, Edmonton, AB

Full Final Program:



Scott Wilson

Bird Use Of Reclaimed Well Sites In The Boreal Forest Of Alberta

Jennifer N. Hird

Comparing Field- And Unmanned Aerial Vehiclederived Vegetation Metrics

Steven E. Franklin

Airborne Multispectral Sensor Data and Object-based Image Analysis for Improved Forest Classification

Steven E. Franklin

Satellite Remote Sensing Of Boreal Forest And Wetland Vegetation Cover And Change

Sarah Cole

A Workflow for the Semi-Automated Detection and Attribution of Linear Features in a Forested Environment

Sara Saeedi

Using OGC SensorThings for Boreal Environmental Monitoring

Kan Luo

An OGC Open Standard-based Internet of Things Prototype of Vegetation Recovery Monitoring in Northern Alberta

James Badger

Assisting Data Visualization and Discovery

Shijuan Chen

Characterizing Vegetation Structure on Seismic Lines Using UAV Point Clouds

Jocelyn Gregoire

Songbird Response To Recovering Seismic Lines And The Influence Of Scale

Man Fai Wu

Developing A Semi-automated Remote Sensing Protocol On Seismic Line Reclamation Monitoring

Angelo Filicetti

Can Fire Be A Tool For Forest Recovery On Seismic Lines

Corey Feduck

Object Based CART Analysis for Feature Extraction of Coniferous Seedlings from High-Resolution True Colour and Near Infrared Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Imagery

Tobias W.H. Tan

Case Studies In The Use Of UAVs To Study Ecological Questions In The In Situ Oil Sands Region Of Alberta