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Applied Research

Geomatics research projects

Flood risk

Communities along the coast are vulnerable to the impacts of climate change and will be affected by sea level rise over the next century. Using lidar, the Applied Geomatics Research Group creates maps overlaid with sea level rise projections, high tides, and storm surge numbers to show where flooding will occur. Read more about flood risk »

Modelling contaminants in the coastal zone

The nearshore coastal zone of Nova Scotia is an important area to many industries in the province, including both sea-based and land-based aquaculture companies. Research on water quality is undertaken in order to investigate the sources and circulation of bacterial contamination that can affect both commercial and recreational users of Nova Scotia’s coasts. Read more about contaminants in the coastal zone »

Topo-bathymetric lidar

NSCC is the only Canadian academic institution with a topographic-bathymetric lidar system. A sensor is mounted in an aircraft and uses lasers to measure the precise elevation of the earth’s terrain across the land-sea boundary. The result of a survey from this sensor is a detailed elevation map that is seamless from the land into the nearshore. The AGRG uses this technology as a fundamental tool in the vast majority of their research. Read more about topo-bathymetric lidar »

To view project reports from before 2016 please contact AGRG Research Scientist, Dr. Tim Webster, at  

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