Alberta Mountain Pine Beetle Project

Alberta Agriculture and Forestry

Project Summary

Mountain pine beetles pose a continuous threat to Alberta’s forests, decimating millions of the province’s pine trees. Challenger developed a new methodology for automatic identification of infested trees from airborne multi-spectral images and generated a GIS dataset that could be used by researchers.

Services Delivered

  • Fixed wing acquisition of 16 bit RGBI aerial photography at 40cm ground sample distance (GSD).
  • Aerial triangulation and ortho rectification of aerial photography based on LiDAR data.
  • Automatic feature extraction, segmentation, classification and clustering to identify tree infestation.
  • Quality control and generation of polygon shapefiles.
Alberta Mountain Pine Beetle Project

Client: Alberta Agriculture and Forestry

Location: Edmonton

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