Organization & Centres

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ABMI's Operations

To execute its mission, the ABMI’s operations—that range from scientific protocol development to field monitoring to application of biodiversity data—are organized into seven functional business units: Executive Office, Monitoring Centre, Processing Centre, Information Centre, Science Centre, Geospatial Centre and Application Centre. Each of these units deliver components of the ABMI program, as described under the What We Do section of our website.

Distributed Delivery

Each business unit is housed in (one or more of) the facilities of the ABMI’s key delivery partners, the University of Alberta, Alberta Innovates Tech Futures, and the Royal Alberta Museum.

This distributed delivery model allows the ABMI to capitalize on the inherent strengths offered by each of these partners, which, in turn, ensures the optimal delivery of the ABMI’s products and services. Furthermore, it reflects that collaboration is at the heart of all ABMI operations.

Major Functions of ABMI’s Centres

Executive Office
  • Acts as the primary interface between the ABMI & the Board of Directors
  • Liaises between the ABMI and stakeholders
  • Ensures managerial effectiveness
  • Establishes and sustains the ABMI’s brand
  • Manages agreements with ABMI delivery partners
Monitoring Centre
  • Field monitoring
  • Site establishment
  • Wetland verification
  • Remote sensing
  • Data collection
  • Specimen identification
  • Data verification
  • Delivery of data sets
Processing Centre (Royal Alberta Museum)
  • Specimen processing
  • Management of taxonomic expertise
  • Short- & long-term storage of specimens and samples
  • Laboratory and archival support
  • Generates the ABMI specimen data
Science Centre
  • Maintains and continuously improves scientific excellence
  • Advances the science of biodiversity monitoring in Alberta & the world
  • Oversees training and the application of quality control
  • Scientific auditing
  • Improves data collection protocols
  • Advances methods for data analysis and interpretation
  • Ensures scientific credibility
Information Centre
  • Facilitates access to information
  • Disseminates information to stakeholders
  • Develops websites, reports, news releases and other promotional materials
  • Delivers on information requests and client needs
  • Supports development of branding
  • Media, client and public relations
  • Negotiates land access
  • Manages data
​Geospatial Centre
  • Develops province-wide and sample-based inventory layers for Human Footprint and Vegetation
  • Creates detailed vegetation and human footprint information for ABMI field sites: wetland and terrestrial sites
  • Delivers geospatial data and information to support all of the ABMI’s geospatial needs
  • Develops and tests new remotely sensed methods to detect changes in habitat, vegetation and land cover
  • Advances and oversees the training of GIS Techs involved in Human Footprint and Vegetation mapping
  • Stores and maintains GIS and other geospatial layers on ABMI servers  
Application Centre
  • Develops projects and tools to expand the core business of the ABMI
  • Supports a wide range of environmental planning and management needs
  • Implements regional monitoring priorities
  • Climate change adaptation consultation
  • Reclamation consultation
  • Assessment of ecosystem services
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