GFWC 10th Anniversary Publications

Atlas of Canada’s Intact Forest Landscapes

(2010-09-13) This Global Forest Watch Canada study presents the most detailed national assessment ever undertaken, looking at a wider range of human disturbances and identifying intact forest landscapes using medium-resolution satellite imagery as well as some medium-resolution Landsat data and ground and aerial photography verification. An intact forest landscape as a contiguous mosaic of natural ecosystems in a forest ecozone, essentially undisturbed by human influence, including both treed and naturally treeless area.

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Canada Access: Combined

(2010-09-13) The Canada Access dataset is a compilation of data sources showing areas of Canada that have undergone anthropogenic disturbance.

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Cumulative Access in Canada's Forest Ecozones (bulletin)

(2010-09-13) This Global Forest Watch Canada study has analyzed the extent to which Canada's forest ecozones have been impacted by significant human activities. GFWC's cumulative access layer was compiled by analyzing Landsat (TM and ETM) satellite images for the period 1988 to 2006. All visible infrastructure and other human activities on the images were mapped and buffered by 500 metres. It is accompanied by a geospatial dataset (see link under "Related Stories" below). 

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Summary of Global Forest Watch Canada's Anthropogenic Change Projects: 2006–2010

(2010-09-13) This report summarizes Global Forest Watch Canada’s anthropogenic change work since 2006. These studies were conducted across Canada and resulted in a series of reports for Québec, Ontario, Saskatchewan/Manitoba, Alberta, British Columbia, Nova Scotia and Northwest Territories. The reports focused on major ecosystem types, such as terrestrial ecozones, watersheds, inland temperate rainforests, Rocky Mountain Foothills, and Greenbelt surrounding Toronto.

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Environmental Impacts of the Tar Sands Industry in Northeastern Alberta: A Database

(2010-07-30) Greenpeace, Sierra Club Prairie, Keepers of the Athabasca and Global Forest Watch Canada together released databases compiled by prominent scientist Dr. Kevin Timoney, one with more than 6,500 incidents, regarding tar sands operations that raise serious concerns about how companies are allowed to operate in this province by the Alberta government.

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Comprehensive conservation planning in Canadian boreal regions

(2010-05-10) Published in the scientific journal Biological Conservation (authors: DW Schindler and PG Lee). In a water-scarce world, there is increasing pressure to divert and exploit boreal freshwaters, and devising conservation plans to protect boreal freshwaters and their catchments is urgent. We propose a catchment-based approach that includes water and chemical mass-balances as a sensitive means of detecting early degradation of many ecosystem services in both catchments and freshwaters.

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