Three Years of Riparian Assessments

By Caitlin Tomaszewski In 2013 a massive flood hit the City of Calgary and surrounding areas. While the physical impact on towns and cities in Southern Alberta was easy to quantify, little research was done to assess the state of rural riparian areas in the Bow and Oldman watersheds in the Eastern Slopes. In 2015, the Water Program of fRI Research undertook a project in partnership with the Government of Alberta to assess the health…

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Building the Caribou Webtools

By Dan Wismer, GIS Analyst It was summer of 2017 where Barry Nobert, one of our Caribou Program’s wildlife biologists requested that the GIS program build a new set of data processing tools for our partners. Building custom tools is nothing new for the GIS program, but this request forked away from what has traditionally been done in the past. We tend to build custom tools using python and leveraging Esri’s arcpy library. Python script…

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The Fires of Jasper

Looking out over the Athabasca River in Jasper National Park. In the warm, dry year of 1646, a fire burned in Jasper National Park on the mountain slopes beside the Athabasca River. The flames swept down the valley on the wind, consuming many trees. But some, by adaptation or chance, survived to grow on. In fact, they may have flourished as their neighbours that once crowded them toppled one by one. Nutrients cycled back into…

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