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GeoDiscover products

Metadata and details for the following products can now be found in GeoDiscover.

Alberta Ground Cover Classification (AGCC) Mosiac

AGCC represents the Government of Alberta's comprehensive biophysical, anthropogenic and land-use inventory for the Green area of the Province of Alberta. The AGCC product is a comprehensive and detailed geospatial representation of land cover that is intended to meet a multitude of business needs integral to land-use planning, wildfire prevention and wildlife habitat assessments in Alberta. The AGCC is a biophysical and land-use inventory rather than a purely vegetation inventory.

Alberta Land Inventory (ALI) and Canada Land Inventory (CLI) Landform

CLI and ALI landform polygons were photo interpreted in the 1960s and 70s. The linework was transferred to mylar overlay and 319 maps were published at a scale of 1:63360 using the National Topographic Series (NTS) maps as a base.

Alberta Merged Wetland Inventory

The Alberta Merged Wetland Inventory depicts wetlands within the province of Alberta for the period 1998 to 2015 classified to the Canadian Wetland Classification System (CWCS). There are 35 component wetland inventories that were merged to create this wetland inventory product. These individual wetland inventories utilized 4 different wetland classification systems with different source imagery and different resolutions.

Alberta Satellite Land Cover (ASLC)

ASLC raster is a land cover dataset for the province of Alberta. It is a set of individual projects completed in the last decade for wildfire historical burns and various areas. The ASLC raster was originally created for Alberta Wildfire Management needs. It is being used as a source to update provincial Fire Behaviour Potential (FBP) forest fuel types data in the areas where Alberta Vegetation Inventory is outdated or non-existent.

Alberta Wetland Rapid Evaluation tool – Estimate of relative wetland value by section

The tool feature class represents a summary of the wetlands captured within the Alberta Merged Wetland Inventory by Alberta Township System Version 4.1 sections.

Ecodistricts of Alberta 1995 Polygons (includes Ecorivers of Alberta 1995 polygons)

The dataset is one of 2 provincial level ecological datasets that were created in 1995 as a package. The associated map in this package is the Ecorivers of Alberta 1995 Polygons. These 2 datasets represent broad ecological zones within the province of Alberta.

Ecological Land Classification (ELC)

ELC is an approach which endeavours to subdivide the landscape into significant ecological units and to organize complex interrelationships into identified geographical areas with similar properties.

ECOSYS – Alberta Ecological site information system

The database includes data collected as early as 1975 and stores over 26,000 point records from various sources including:

  • ecological land classification projects
  • range and land management projects
  • parks and recreation studies
  • permanent sample plots
  • stand dynamics studies

ECOSYS data is available to support local and regional resource management and planning activities as well as research initiatives where historical site data at a province-wide scale is required.

Lotic Riparian – Digital Elevation Model (DEM) Derived

Riparian areas consist of the lands adjacent to streams, rivers, wetlands and lakes that are strongly influenced by the presence of water. This riparian mapping project is intended to provide a geodatabase feature class of potential riparian areas associated with lotic features (steams and rivers) using the hydrologically corrected provincial digital elevation model as a base. Potential riparian areas associated with lentic features (wetlands and lakes) are not being captured at this time but wide rivers and lakes with flow through must be taken into consideration in order to give a more accurate representation of riparian areas. Isolated lakes are not included and no allowance for cultivated lands has been made.

Lotic Riparian – Strahler Order Derived

This project represents the initial effort to map riparian areas for the province. The riparian areas map is intended as input into ALCES (A Landscape Cumulative Effects Simulator), which is software developed by Forem Technologies. ALCES is being used to project the cumulative effects of various types of human activity on the landscape. This is accomplished by generating aspatial snapshots of regions within the provincial landscape and assuming that the current level of human impact continues.

Physical Land Classification (PLC)

PLC is a mapping system that was designed to describe the landscape in terms of landform, soils, drainage and slope.

Primary Land and Vegetation Inventory (PLVI)

PLVI is a photo-base digital inventory developed to identify the type, extent and conditions of vegetation in the forested and parkland areas of the province of Alberta. This includes portions of both the Green and White areas. It will include areas of the province extending north from the extent of the Grassland Vegetation Inventory (GVI) and will include areas where the detail and expense of Alberta Vegetation Inventory (AVI) are not warranted, or time and resources are limiting constraints.

Seed Zones of Alberta

A seed zone is a geographic area with relatively uniform ecology and genetic population structure. They limit seed movement to an area where native trees, and by extension native plants, of all species can be moved without risk of mal-adaptation or erosion of genetic integrity and where genetic biodiversity can be conserved. This dataset defines the extent of the Seed Zones of Alberta, which is a subdivision of the 2005 Natural Regions and Subregions of Alberta.

2005 Natural Regions and Subregions of Alberta

Information on these regions can now be found at: Alberta Parks – Natural Regions and Subregions.