Effective monitoring of resource infrastructure (e.g. buildings, equipment, highways) and its surrounding environment is critical to safe, sustainable resource development in Canada.
Working with provincial and federal regulators, the Canada Centre for Mapping and Earth Observation (CCMEO) is investigating the use of satellite remote sensing in the Alberta oilsands region to monitor infrastructure change within active mining areas and ground subsidence and heave related to mining activities.
In Canada’s North, infrastructure important to resource development (e.g. highways, ice roads, buildings) are particularly vulnerable to the seasonal melt of freshwater ice (incl. permafrost) – even further enhanced today due to the warming being experienced across the Arctic. Working with the Geological Survey of Canada, CCMEO scientists are developing methods to measure permafrost-related terrain stability in the vicinity of critical infrastructure.