Riparian Health Assessment of Wabamun Lake

Assessing the health of the Riparian Management Area of Wabamun Lake using new aerial videography methods: video footage captured by an unmanned air vehicle (UAV- commonly known as a drone), high-definition footage and ortho-rectified photographs on an ArcGIS platform. 
 
Aerial riparian assessments provide coarse-scale results, generating information that indicate broad trends in riparian health. 
 
The results of this riparian health assessment indicate that approximately 57% of Wabamun Lake’s Riparian Management Area is in healthy condition; 9% of the area is moderately impaired and 34% of the area is highly impaired.
 
Impairment implies that a Riparian Management Area is partly or fully incapable of performing valuable ecological functions.
 
 
Date published: 
2015
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