Monitoring and Science

Wood Buffalo National Park

Goal: An integrated PAD Research and Monitoring program (using both science-based and Indigenous Knowledge), supported by a community-based research and monitoring hub, is implemented to detect cumulative effects on the PAD and to generate information that informs land-use management and regulatory decision-making.

Leads: Parks Canada, Environment and Climate Change Canada, and Alberta Environment and Parks

The PAD is the primary world heritage value of concern with regard to the specific and cumulative effects of external development on the park. While there are numerous research and monitoring initiatives focused on understanding and tracking these effects, there are ongoing challenges to ensure that these initiatives are appropriately networked, that results are accessible and communicated, and that results inform management action. The Action Plan, therefore, is focused on developing an integrated PAD research and monitoring program that brings together these existing efforts and that identifies and addresses information gaps, suing both science-based and Indigenous Knowledge.

Early actions in support of this theme include:

  • developing indicators for the PAD to evaluate its status and trend;
  • completing a wetland classification of the PAD and park to support ecological assessments; and
  • collecting high resolution digital terrain imagery of the PAD to support development of a digital elevation model required for hydrological assessments and modelling.

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