Release of ABMI Alberta-wide Wetland Inventory
We're excited to release the ABMI Alberta-wide Wetland Inventory!
Over the past few years, we've developed our most up-to-date and high-resolution wetland data yet. This work would not have been possible without the generous support of Alberta Environment and Parks.
Alberta is a diverse province with distinct regional types of wetlands. We divided the province into three areas, each with specific methods to capture the area's unique spatial and temporal wetland patterns:
- the boreal and foothills (characterized by large peatland complexes)
- the prairies (where wetlands usually occur in small seasonal potholes)
- the Rocky Mountains (where wetlands are constrained to narrow valleys)
We used Sentinel-1 and Sentinel-2 data in Google Earth Engine combined with machine learning to classify marshes, swamps, bogs, fens, open water, and upland areas for the entire province. We hope you'll check the inventory out!
We are delighted to be working with Ducks Unlimited Canada to improve and enhance wetland mapping going forward. Stay tuned for some exciting developments from our collaboration! We are also working in partnership with AEP and DUC to ensure ABMI’s enhanced wetland mapping products meet AEP’s new wetland inventory standards and guidelines.