Technology

Lidar Used to Measure Snowpack in Canadian Rockies

Alberta Rocky Mountains area of interest includes steep terrain, snow valleys and dense vegetation

Lidar (Light Detection and Ranging) has been used successfully to map the depth of the snowpack on the eastern slopes of Alberta’s Rocky Mountains. The existence of such data makes it possible to accurately assess the amount of available water in the snowpack. Such data is vital for determining how much water will filter downhill after the snowpack melts.

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Metaspectral Team Reaches XPRIZE Wildfire Semi-finals

XPRIZE Wildfire challenge

Vancouver-based Metaspectral has announced that a team created by the company has reached the semi-finals of the XPRIZE Wildfire competition. Eight other Canadian entries failed to make the cut. The XPRIZE Wildfire competition is a four year, multi-track, $11 million USD competition focused on developing technologies that can mitigate wildfires. According to XPRIZE, it is intended to “transform current wildfire management approaches through the development of …

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