Ecological Land Classification (ELC) Status


Identification Information:
Citation:
Citation Information:
Originator: Alberta Environment and Sustainable Resource Development, Government of Alberta
Publication Date: 20130301
Title: Ecological Land Classification (ELC) Status
Geospatial Data Presentation Form: vector digital data
Publication Information:
Publication Place: Edmonton, Alberta
Publisher: Alberta Environment and Sustainable Resource Development, Government of Alberta
File or Table Name: ECO.ELC_STATUS
Online Linkage: https://extranet.gov.ab.ca/srd/geodiscover/srd_pub/geoscientificInformation/Ecological/EcologicalLandClassificationIndex.zip
Description:
Abstract: This dataset is produced for the Government of Alberta and is available to the general public. Please consult the Distribution Information of this metadata for the appropriate contact to acquire this dataset. Ecological Land Classification (ELC) is an approach which endeavours to subdivide the landscape into significant ecological units and to organize complex interrelationships into identified geographical areas with similar properties. It is a hierarchical system that captures information at the following scales as per the Ecological Land Classification and Evaluation Reference Manual (1980): Ecoprovince - >1:3 000 000 Ecoregion - 1:1 000 000 - 1:3 000 000 Ecodistrict - 1:250 000 - 1:1 000 000 Ecosection - 1:100 000 - 1:250 000 Ecosite - 1:10 000 - 1:20 000 Ecoelement - 1:1 000 - 1:5 000 Note that the upper two levels are referred to as Natural Region and Natural Subregion in the more recent Ecological Land Classification reports. There are also some variations in this hierarchy for individual study areas. The Ecological Land Classification (ELC) scanned images, georeferenced rectified images, reports, status map and index map are available from Alberta Environment and Sustainable Resource Development, Government of Alberta.
Purpose: The objective of the Ecological Land Classification mapping program is to delineate relatively homogeneous land units, based on their ecological characteristics and to describe these units such that their suitability for various land uses could be assessed in a standardized manner using a documented methodology. Ecological Land Classification information is input into planning, wildlife habitat suitability, agricultural capability and forest capability assessments.
Supplemental Information: It should be noted that the Ecological Land Classification mapping projects range from broad reconnaissance type inventories to more detailed studies at a larger scale. The use of these maps needs to be adjusted according to the scale. Small scale inventories (1:100 000 and smaller scale) will not provide the detailed information required for intensive management of individual parcels of land, nor for land use planning in small watersheds, local government units, or other small areas.
Language of Dataset: en
Time Period of Content:
Time Period Information:
Single Date/Time:
Calendar Date: 20130301
Currentness Reference: publication date
Status:
Progress: Complete
Maintenance and Update Frequency: None planned
Spatial Domain:
Bounding Coordinates:
West Bounding Coordinate: -120.059695
East Bounding Coordinate: -110.003278
North Bounding Coordinate: 59.999131
South Bounding Coordinate: 48.997695
Local Bounding Coordinates:
Left Bounding Coordinate: -120.059695
Right Bounding Coordinate: -110.003278
Bottom Bounding Coordinate: 48.997695
Top Bounding Coordinate: 59.999131
Keywords:
Theme:
Theme Keyword Thesaurus: ISO 19115 Topic Category
Theme Keyword: geoscientificInformation
Theme Keyword: biota
Theme:
Theme Keyword Thesaurus: none
Theme Keyword: landform
Theme Keyword: vegetation
Theme Keyword: wetland
Theme Keyword: ecology
Place:
Place Keyword Thesaurus: Alberta Geographic Names (GNS)
Place Keyword: Alberta
Temporal:
Temporal Keyword Thesaurus: Year of Publication
Temporal Keyword: 2013
Access Constraints: General Public: For conditional general public use. User must accept terms and conditions in a product license agreement before obtaining data. Government of Alberta Ministries: Conditional access to this data for internal business purposes is available to Government of Alberta Ministries and authorized agencies through Informatics Branch of Alberta Environment and Sustainable Resource Development.
Use Constraints: General Public: This digital data is protected under copyright to the Government of Alberta with all rights reserved and is subject to the conditions outlined in the Informatics Branch License Agreement for Digital Data. Government of Alberta Ministries: Government of Alberta Ministries and authorized agencies may conditionally use this data for internal business purposes which includes conditional sharing of the data with other third parties (i.e. contractors, stakeholders) if necessary for reasonable use of the data relating to the provision of services to the Crown as represented by each Ministry.
Point of Contact:
Contact Information:
Contact Organization Primary:
Contact Organization: Alberta Environment and Sustainable Resource Development, Government of Alberta
Contact Position: Informatics Branch, Corporate Services Division
Contact Address:
Address Type: mailing and physical address
Address: 14th floor, Oxbridge Place
Address: 9820 - 106 Street NW
City: Edmonton
State or Province: Alberta
Postal Code: T5K 2J6
Country: Canada
Contact Voice Telephone: 7804225117
Contact Facsimile Telephone: 7804220712
Contact Electronic Mail Address: SRD.GDAMetadata@gov.ab.ca
Hours: 8:15 to 16:30 Monday to Friday
Contact Instructions: This is the point of contact regarding the creation of, and characteristics of, the data set. Queries about the creation and/or characteristics of the data set submitted through facsimile or electronic mail must include the salutation "Attention: Informatics Branch, Corporate Services Division; Dataset: Ecological Land Classification (ELC) Status". For Distribution Information contact instructions, refer to the Distribution Information section of this metadata record. For Metadata Information contact instructions, refer to the Metadata Reference Information section of this metadata record.
Data Set Credit: Alberta Environment and Sustainable Resource Development, Government of Alberta
Security Information:
Security Classification System: Government of Alberta Security Classification Guidelines
Security Classification: Protected
Native Data Set Environment: Microsoft Windows XP Version 5.1 (Build 2600) Service Pack 3; ESRI ArcCatalog 9.3.1.3500
Native Dataset Format: SDE Feature Class
Cross Reference:
Citation Information:
Originator: Alberta Environment and Sustainable Resource Development, Government of Alberta
Publication Date: 198001
Title: Ecological Land Classification and Evaluation Reference Manual
Geospatial Data Presentation Form: document
Publication Information:
Publication Place: Edmonton, Alberta
Publisher: Alberta Environment and Sustainable Resource Development, Government of Alberta
Other Citation Details: RIB#486
Data Quality Information:
Attribute Value Accuracy Information:
Attribute Accuracy Report: The attribution accuracy is not available but it should be noted that several Portable Document Format files and / or Tagged Image Format files are listed as missing or not applicable. The missing images will be listed as complete as they are located. Some images may not be available as the original maps were captured as Design files or ArcInfo coverages. Some reports have only descriptions for the ecological classification and there are no associated Tagged Image Format files.
Logical Consistency Report: The maps associated with a particular study area were usually captured as individual map sheets and were not necessarily edge-matched between map sheets or between adjacent study areas. The data were captured as individual datasets by study area so gaps and overlaps exist between the datasets. The geometry was checked and no repair was necessary.
Completeness Report: Ecological Land Classification mapping exists for only a portion of the province. There is continuous mapping for much of the eastern slopes but otherwise the mapping is discontinuous. There are currently over 150 Ecological Land Classification studies at a variety of scales, although most study areas were mapped at a scale of 1:100 000. No Ecological Land Classification maps have been converted into GIS-ready format although many have been georeferenced and rectified.
Positional Accuracy:
Horizontal Positional Accuracy:
Horizontal Positional Accuracy Report: The positional accuracy is unknown as the boundaries were derived from many different sources.
Vertical Positional Accuracy:
Vertical Positional Accuracy Report: Not applicable
Lineage:
Process Step:
Process Description: A status map was created by digitizing the extents for the ELC maps.
Process Contact:
Contact Information:
Contact Organization Primary:
Contact Organization: Alberta Environment and Sustainable Resource Development, Government of Alberta
Spatial Data Organization Information:
Direct Spatial Reference Method: Vector
Point and Vector Object Information:
SDTS Terms Description:
SDTS Point and Vector Object Type: G-polygon
Point and Vector Object Count: 165
SDTS Terms Description:
SDTS Point and Vector Object Type: Label point
Point and Vector Object Count: 80169
SDTS Terms Description:
SDTS Point and Vector Object Type: GT-polygon composed of chains
Point and Vector Object Count: 80169
SDTS Terms Description:
SDTS Point and Vector Object Type: Point
Point and Vector Object Count: 24
ESRI Terms Description:
ESRI Feature Type: Simple
ESRI Feature Geometry: Polygon
ESRI Topology: FALSE
ESRI Feature Count: 165
Spatial Index: TRUE
Linear Referencing: FALSE
(XYRank):1
(ZRank):1
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(validateEvents):FALSE
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Spatial Reference Information:
Horizontal Coordinate System Definition:
Geodetic Model:
Horizontal Datum Name: North American Datum of 1983
Ellipsoid Name: Geodetic Reference System 80
Semi-major Axis: 6378137.000000
Denominator of Flattening Ratio: 298.257222
Coordinate System Name:
Geographic Coordinate System Name: GCS_North_American_1983
Geographic:
Geographic Coordinate Units: Decimal degrees
Latitude Resolution: 0.000000
Longitude Resolution: 0.000000
Vertical Coordinate System Definition:
Altitude System Definition:
Altitude Resolution: 1.000000
Altitude Encoding Method: Explicit elevation coordinate included with horizontal coordinates
Entity and Attribute Information:
Detailed Description:
Entity Type:
Entity Type Label: ECO.ELC_STATUS
Entity Type Definition: ArcGIS polygon feature class
Entity Type Definition Source: ESRI
Entity Type Type: Feature Class
Entity Type Count: 165
Attribute:
Attribute Label: OBJECTID
Attribute Alias: OBJECTID
Attribute Type: OID
Attribute Width: 4
Attribute Precision: 10
Attribute Scale: 0
Attribute Definition: Internal feature number.
Attribute Definition Source: ESRI
Attribute Domain Values:
Unrepresentable Domain: Sequential unique whole numbers that are automatically generated.
Attribute:
Attribute Label: NAME
Attribute Alias: NAME
Attribute Type: String
Attribute Width: 30
Attribute Precision: 0
Attribute Scale: 0
Attribute Definition: Name of study area
Attribute Definition Source: Alberta Environment and Sustainable Resource Development, Government of Alberta
Attribute:
Attribute Label: RIB
Attribute Alias: RIB
Attribute Type: Double
Attribute Width: 8
Attribute Precision: 38
Attribute Scale: 8
Attribute Definition: Resource Information Branch number
Attribute Definition Source: Alberta Environment and Sustainable Resource Development, Government of Alberta
Attribute:
Attribute Label: SCALE
Attribute Alias: SCALE
Attribute Type: Double
Attribute Width: 8
Attribute Precision: 38
Attribute Scale: 8
Attribute Definition: Scale of map
Attribute Definition Source: Alberta Environment and Sustainable Resource Development, Government of Alberta
Attribute:
Attribute Label: PDF
Attribute Alias: PDF
Attribute Type: String
Attribute Width: 16
Attribute Precision: 0
Attribute Scale: 0
Attribute Definition Source: Alberta Environment and Sustainable Resource Development, Government of Alberta
Attribute Definition: Report in Portable Document Format
Attribute:
Attribute Label: TIFF
Attribute Alias: TIFF
Attribute Type: String
Attribute Width: 16
Attribute Precision: 0
Attribute Scale: 0
Attribute Definition Source: Alberta Environment and Sustainable Resource Development, Government of Alberta
Attribute Definition: Maps in Tagged Image Format File
Attribute:
Attribute Label: GEORECT
Attribute Alias: GEORECT
Attribute Type: String
Attribute Width: 16
Attribute Precision: 0
Attribute Scale: 0
Attribute Definition Source: Alberta Environment and Sustainable Resource Development, Government of Alberta
Attribute Definition: Georeferenced and rectified
Attribute:
Attribute Label: GIS
Attribute Alias: GIS
Attribute Type: String
Attribute Width: 16
Attribute Precision: 0
Attribute Scale: 0
Attribute Definition Source: Alberta Environment and Sustainable Resource Development, Government of Alberta
Attribute Definition: GIS-ready format
Attribute:
Attribute Label: GLOBALID
Attribute Alias: GLOBALID
Attribute Type: GlobalID
Attribute Width: 38
Attribute Precision: 0
Attribute Scale: 0
Attribute Definition: Global Unique Identifier
Attribute Definition Source: ESRI
Attribute:
Attribute Label: Shape
Attribute Definition: Feature geometry.
Attribute Definition Source: ESRI
Attribute Domain Values:
Unrepresentable Domain: Coordinates defining the features.
Attribute Alias: Shape
Attribute Type: Geometry
Attribute Width: 4
Attribute Precision: 0
Attribute Scale: 0
Attribute:
Attribute Label: SHAPE.AREA
Attribute Alias: SHAPE.AREA
Attribute Type: Double
Attribute Width: 0
Attribute Precision: 0
Attribute Scale: 0
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Attribute Alias: SHAPE.LEN
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Attribute Precision: 0
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Distribution Information:
Distributor:
Contact Information:
Contact Organization Primary:
Contact Organization: Alberta Environment and Sustainable Resource Development, Government of Alberta
Contact Position: Informatics Branch, Corporate Services Division
Contact Address:
Address Type: mailing and physical address
Address: 14th floor, Oxbridge Place
Address: 9820 - 106 Street NW
City: Edmonton
State or Province: Alberta
Postal Code: T5K 2J6
Country: Canada
Contact Voice Telephone: 7804277374
Contact Facsimile Telephone: 7804220712
Contact Electronic Mail Address: SRD.Data@gov.ab.ca
Hours: 08:15 to 16:30 Monday to Friday
Contact Instructions: This is the point of contact regarding distribution of the data set. Queries about distribution of the data set submitted through facsimile or electronic mail must include the salutation "Attention: Informatics Branch, Corporate Services Division; Dataset: Ecological Land Classification (ELC) Status".
Resource Description: Offline Data
Distribution Liability: The user agrees that the information and each part thereof, any formatting or presentation thereof, any storage media on which it is provided, and any communication of any kind, incidental or in relation thereto, is provided to the user by the Minister and the Crown without warranty or representation as to any matter including but not limited to whether the information and storage media is correct, accurate or free from error, defect, danger, or hazard, and whether it is otherwise useful or suitable for any use the user may make of it. The Crown in right of Alberta, the Minister and her employees and agents, shall not be liable for any claims, costs, losses, or damages, including any special, indirect, incidental or consequential loss or damage, which the user may incur or experience as a result of the use or possession of the information or associated storage media.
Standard Order Process:
Digital Form:
Digital Transfer Information:
Format Name: ESRI Shapefile
File Decompression Technique: File compression technology shall be utilized when required. The Data Distribution Unit presently utilizes WinZip.
Transfer Size: 0.148
Dataset Size: 0.131
Digital Transfer Option:
Online Option:
Access Instructions: FTP (File Transfer Protocol) is available, with the exception of data exceeding reasonable size limits or when corporate restrictions have been implemented in which the data will be delivered on DVD-R or portable hard drive device. The client may be required to provide an FTP TCP / IP address, user name, and password. Data may also be delivered via the Ministry external FTP site utilizing WinZip password encrypted files.
Offline Option:
Offline Media: DVD-R
Recording Capacity:
Recording Density: 4.7
Recording Density Units: GB
Offline Option:
Offline Media: Portable Hard Drive
Recording Capacity:
Recording Density: varies
Digital Form:
Digital Transfer Information:
Format Name: ESRI File Geodatabase
File Decompression Technique: File compression technology shall be utilized when required. The Data Distribution Unit presently utilizes WinZip.
Transfer Size: 0.148
Dataset Size: 0.131
Digital Transfer Option:
Online Option:
Access Instructions: FTP (File Transfer Protocol) is available, with the exception of data exceeding reasonable size limits or when corporate restrictions have been implemented in which the data will be delivered on DVD-R or portable hard drive device. The client may be required to provide an FTP TCP / IP address, user name, and password. Data may also be delivered via the Ministry external FTP site utilizing WinZip password encrypted files.
Offline Option:
Offline Media: DVD-R
Recording Capacity:
Recording Density: 4.7
Recording Density Units: GB
Offline Option:
Offline Media: Portable Hard Drive
Recording Capacity:
Recording Density: varies
Fees: Where Applicable
Ordering Instructions: All requests for data / information are accepted via email, FAX, or Canada Post. All requests must include: Government of Alberta Ministry Name / Business Area Name, Physical Address, Contact Person Name(s), Phone and FAX Numbers, email Address, list of products requested, the geographic extent of the request (where product options are available - expressed by NTS block(s), township(s), etc), the delivery option required ( on-line / offline ), the data format when multiple formats are offered, and the intended use of the data.
Turnaround: Requests for information are processed and completed in order of receipt with the exception of Alberta Environment and Sustainable Resource Development requests that have been authorized as priority status. All requests for information are completed within five (5) working days of receiving the request wherever possible.
Custom Order Process: Limited custom order processing of Informatics Branch information may be available to Alberta Environment and Sustainable Resource Development personnel and contractors working on behalf of the Ministry.
Technical Prerequisites: To utilize digital information, specialized graphics or GIS software (i.e. ArcInfo, ArcView, ArcGIS, or MicroStation) may be required.
Available Time Period:
Time Period Information:
Single Date/Time:
Calendar Date: Monday to Friday
Time of Day: 08:15 to 16:30
Metadata Reference Information:
Metadata Date: 20130305
Metadata Contact:
Contact Information:
Contact Organization Primary:
Contact Organization: Alberta Environment and Sustainable Resource Development, Government of Alberta
Contact Position: Informatics Branch, Corporate Services Division
Contact Address:
Address Type: mailing and physical address
Address: 14th floor, Oxbridge Place
Address: 9820 - 106 Street NW
City: Edmonton
State or Province: Alberta
Postal Code: T5K 2J6
Country: Canada
Contact Voice Telephone: 7804225117
Contact Facsimile Telephone: 7804220712
Contact Electronic Mail Address: SRD.GDAMetadata@gov.ab.ca
Hours: 08:15 to 16:30 Monday to Friday
Contact Instructions: This is the point of contact regarding the creation of, and characteristics of, metadata for the data set. Queries about the creation and/or characteristics of the metadata submitted through facsimile or electronic mail must include the salutation "Attention: Informatics Branch, Corporate Services Division; Dataset: Ecological Land Classification (ELC) Status". For Distribution Information contact instructions, refer to the Distribution Information section of this metadata record.
Metadata Standard Name: FGDC Content Standards for Digital Geospatial Metadata
Metadata Standard Version: FGDC-STD-001-1998
Metadata Time Convention: local time
Language of Metadata: en
Metadata Extensions:
Online Linkage: http://www.esri.com/metadata/esriprof80.html
Profile Name: ESRI Metadata Profile

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