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Geomatics Research
An image captured by the camera in the topo-bathymetric lidar sensor acquired as part of a research project with the Department of Fisheries and Oceans Canada.

NSCC and the Applied Geomatics Research Group (AGRG) has 20 years of research experience in geomatics.

Led by Dr. Tim Webster, AGRG applies advanced mapping techniques to solve problems and support sustainable development in the coastal zone and aquaculture sites. Using high-resolution remote sensing, such as lidar, combined with Geographic Information System (GIS) techniques, AGRG is able to map, monitor, and model coastal zones with an emphasis on flood risk, erosion, and habitat mapping.

AGRG also conducts watershed and hydrological studies of inland river systems. Watershed and river hydrology benefit from the high-resolution elevation mapping capabilities of AGRG, both on land and below the water. NSCC is the only Canadian academic institution with a topographic-bathymetric lidar system that can measure the precise elevation of land across the land-sea boundary.

Industry and community Partners

  • Acadian Seaplants Ltd.
  • Ocean Energy Research Association (OERA)
  • Town of Bridgewater
  • Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers (CAPP)
  • Leading Edge Geomatics
  • Aquadelights Seafood Ltd.
  • Stantec Consulting Ltd.
Tim Webster and Nathan Crowell
Tim Webster and Nathan Crowell in an aircraft with topographic-bathymetric lidar sensor.

Geomatics research technologies

AGRG's topographic-bathymetric lidar sensor offers a unique method to take a detailed survey of the nearshore coastal zone up to 15 meters in depth in clear water. The sensor's high level of accuracy and rich data products makes it ideal for environmental monitoring and charting nearshore hazards for navigation.

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