Wall-to-Wall Human Footprint Inventory
A comprehensive digital representation of anthropogenic disturbances (e.g., agriculture, forestry, energy) on the Alberta land-base, digitized manually, as seen from SPOT6 satellite imagery, this includes the linear features section.
These data were created to provide open and free datasets depicting prevalent and accurate delineation of surficial human disturbances in Alberta to stakeholders; foreseeably utilized in research, land use management and regional planning, trend analysis, and general interest.
Effective management of human footprint requires a reliable and credible system for monitoring and reporting. The ABMI has been reporting on human footprint since 2007, and beginning in 2015, has been working in collaboration with the Government of Alberta as part of the Alberta Human Footprint Monitoring Program (AHFMP) to improve the accuracy of human footprint. The base layers produced through this process were used by the ABMI to enhance four Human Footprint (HF) categories (i.e. roads, rails, well-pads, and seismic lines) in the ABMI 2014 wall-to-wall human footprint inventory. This province-wide product, along with the ABMI sample-based human footprint trend data are used to report on the amount, type, and distribution of different human footprint categories in the province through time.
A Brief Description of Methods
At the provincial scale, the ABMI consolidates 21 human footprint categories (based on more than 115 anthropogenic disturbance types) into a single integrated dataset by applying a specific order of precedence to create the ABMI Human Footprint Inventory (HFI, circa 2014; Table 01). Datasets are currently publicly available for these years: 2007, 2010, 2012, and 2014.
The most up to date and preeminent Human Footprint Inventory 2014 (HFI 2014) dataset was developed in part by a collaborative effort of data accumulation between the Government of Alberta and the ABMI, together forming the Alberta Human Footprint Monitoring Program (AHFMP) to better enhance and update human footprint data in Alberta. Going forward, all human footprint data and information produced by the AHFMP will be made available online in a single authoritative data sharing format. These efforts are incorporated into the leading development of techniques in interpretation and delineation that supersede previous technical approaches made by the ABMI.
Preceding datasets (i.e., 2007, 2012) were created using original technical approaches, an exception being HF inventory for 2010 conditions. The 2010 dataset was retroactively re-constructed based on the HFI 2014 dataset’s improved data collection and delineation techniques. The 2010 Human Footprint Inventory will be an integral part of a decadal collection of datasets (e.g., 2010, 2020, 2030, and etc.) for future human footprint trend analysis and will be updated collectively henceforth.
The linear features dataset represents visually interpreted human made disturbances on the land surface throughout the province of Alberta in the year 2014. Representative Polylines were updated from visual interpretation of SPOT6 satellite imagery and organized into five categories: Roads, Railways, Transmission Lines, Pipelines and Seismic Lines within the HFI2014 dataset.. This dataset is intended to aid human footprint and land use inquiries in Alberta.
Note: Due to a licensing issue, pipeline datasets are not publicly available.
Year 2016 (including Linear Features)
Year 2014 (including Linear Features)
- Species & Habitat Raw Data
- GIS Data: Land Surface
- Wall-to-Wall Human Footprint Inventory
- Wall-to-wall Land Cover Inventory
- 3 x 7-km Photoplot Land Cover Data
- 3 x 7-km Sample-based Human Footprint Data
- Predictive Landcover
- Boreal Fen Probability
- Boreal Peatland Probability
- Boreal Surface Water Inventory
- Boreal Wetland Probability Data
- Detailed Vegetation Maps
- Hydro Temporal Variability
- Native Vegetation Edge
- Native Vegetation Mesh Size
- Vegetation Greenness
- GIS Data: Biogeoclimatic Layers
- Satellite & Aerial Data
- GIS Data: Biodiversity
- Species-level Data Sets
- Other Data Sets