Evaluating vegetation change in Wolf Creek, YT with multi-temporal LiDAR: Part 1

Posted 4 months ago

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In this post, I’ll be giving a summary of my current MSc progress in the McMaster Watershed Hydrology Group. This thesis project has two main components: using LiDAR and other remotely sensed imagery to quantify vegetation change over time in a subarctic research watershed, and comparing how these changes vary over different landscape properties. This […]

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Labeling Fishnets with Unique Codes

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Purpose Fishnets are useful for a variety of projects and fields including conservation where it can be used to assign a reference code for unnamed sites and identify sites with a geographically unique name. The current fishnet tool in ArcGIS does not include a function to label each cell with a unique code. A tool […]

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GIS Summary of SNAP 2019 (Part 2): Landscape Archaeology Analysis with ModelBuilder and Python

Posted 9 months ago

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Introduction Over the past few months I have been investigating a new methodology of finding settlement patterns using GIS. The current method of settlement patterns often involves deep research and field studies. In this report I wish to add a new element to settlement pattern analysis. This method can also add more information to landscape […]

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Data Wrangling with Python and R, Part 2: LiDAR Validation with Differential GPS

Posted 10 months ago

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One major part of my field season this past summer in the Yukon involved validating both of our LiDAR datasets with a differential GPS unit (dGPS for short). Independently quantifying survey accuracy is an essential part of any project involving LiDAR. Without knowing the LiDAR return accuracy in terms of elevation compared to the “true” […]

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The Changing Landscape of Manufacturing in Canada

Posted 11 months ago

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This past summer I had the pleasure of working with a professor from McMaster University’s Labour Studies Department to map the labour sheds of manufacturing workers in populous parts of Canada. The intersection of a shrinking manufacturing sector, higher commute times, stagnating wages, and increased housing costs makes for a rich discussion of the ways […]

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The Privacy Implications of Smart Cities: Developing a Web App and Interactive Survey

Posted 11 months ago

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Smart cities, and smart technologies, are emerging in many local contexts across Canada. Smart city technologies have quickly moved from development to adoption, often outpacing the social and political deliberations necessary to consider their effects in detail-particularly their effects on the privacy of Canadians (Bannerman, 2018). Dr. Sara Bannerman and her research team at McMaster […]

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