Abstract: Aerial overview surveys are carried out by observers in fixed-wing aircraft flying at appropriate safe heights above ground level over the forest canopy. Surveys cover extensive areas to detect as many new FHDA-caused disturbances as possible. Surveyors record locations, extent, severity, possible causative agent and host tree species involved in the disturbances. Aerial surveys are cost-effective means of obtaining forest health damaging agent (FHDA) caused disturbance data at the landscape level. These surveys help to manage forests by providing early detection of FHDAs and once detected, by monitoring their trends. Aerial surveys are carried out to record locations, extent and severity of new, FHDA-caused disturbances; changes to known FHDA disturbances for historical and evaluation purposes; background information needed for planning management actions; and, forest health data at the forest area, regional and provincial levels for reporting and inventory update. This dataset contains data from 2011 to the most current data received. Data from 2010 and earlier is available as a separate dataset.
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      66891998-4B54-4C7C-A17D-4B11768F2C7E
  Language: 
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      eng
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      utf8
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      dataset
  Metadata author: 
    Responsible party: 
      Organisation name: 
          Alberta Forestry and Parks, Government of Alberta
      Position name: 
          Forest Health & Adaptation Section, Forest Stewardship and Trade Branch
      Contact info: 
        Contact: 
          Address: 
            Address: 
              Electronic mail address: 
                  FH.info@gov.ab.ca
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          publisher
  Date stamp: 

      2024-01-12
  Metadata standard name: 
      NAP - Metadata
  Metadata standard version: 
      1.2
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Reference system info:

Reference system: Reference system identifier: RS Identifier: Code: 3400 Code Space: EPSG
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Identification info:

Data identification: Citation: Citation: Title: Aerial Overview Surveys 2011 - Current Date: Date: Date: 2022-12-05 Date type: Date type code: creation Date: Date: Date: 2023-01-16 Date type: Date type code: publication Cited responsible party: Responsible party: Organisation name: Alberta Forestry and Parks, Government of Alberta Position name: Forest Health & Adaptation Section, Forest Stewardship and Trade Branch Contact info: Contact: Address: Address: Electronic mail address: FH.info@gov.ab.ca Role: Role code: originator Abstract: Aerial overview surveys are carried out by observers in fixed-wing aircraft flying at appropriate safe heights above ground level over the forest canopy. Surveys cover extensive areas to detect as many new FHDA-caused disturbances as possible. Surveyors record locations, extent, severity, possible causative agent and host tree species involved in the disturbances. Aerial surveys are cost-effective means of obtaining forest health damaging agent (FHDA) caused disturbance data at the landscape level. These surveys help to manage forests by providing early detection of FHDAs and once detected, by monitoring their trends. Aerial surveys are carried out to record locations, extent and severity of new, FHDA-caused disturbances; changes to known FHDA disturbances for historical and evaluation purposes; background information needed for planning management actions; and, forest health data at the forest area, regional and provincial levels for reporting and inventory update. This dataset contains data from 2011 to the most current data received. Data from 2010 and earlier is available as a separate dataset. Purpose: Aerial overview surveys of forest health damaging agents (FHDA) are visual assessments made from the air of disturbances caused either by biotic and/or abiotic damaging agents. Forest Health Damaging Agents are living (biotic) organisms such as pathogenic micro-organisms, tree damaging insects and related groups, vertebrates, parasitic plants and non-living (abiotic) climatic factors and elements found at levels that cause unacceptable degree of damage to forest trees. Status: Progress code: onGoing Point of contact: Responsible party: Organisation name: Alberta Forestry and Parks, Government of Alberta Position name: Forest Health & Adaptation Section, Forest Stewardship and Trade Branch Contact info: Contact: Address: Address: Electronic mail address: FH.info@gov.ab.ca Role: Role code: pointOfContact Resource maintenance: Maintenance information: Maintenance and update frequency: Maintenance frequency code: annually Descriptive keywords: Keywords: Keyword: Alberta, Canada Type: Keyword type code: place Descriptive keywords: Keywords: Keyword: Aerial overview survey Keyword: AOS Keyword: Forest Health Damaging Agents Keyword: FHDA Keyword: Forest lands Type: Keyword type code: theme Resource constraints: Legal constraints: Access constraints: Restriction code: otherRestrictions Other constraints: Your use of this information will be governed by the terms of the Open Government Licence - Alberta, in force as of the date you accessed the information, found at https://open.alberta.ca/licence Resource constraints: Legal constraints: Use constraints: Restriction code: license Other constraints: To access the data you must agree to the terms of the Open Government Licence - Alberta. Resource constraints: Legal constraints: Use limitation: Distribution Liability: Under the terms of the Open Government Licence - Alberta, the Information is licensed as is, and the Information Provider excludes all representations, warranties, obligations, and liabilities, whether express or implied, to the maximum extent permitted by law. The Information Provider is not liable for any errors or omissions in the Information, and will not under any circumstances be liable for any direct, indirect, special, incidental, consequential, or other loss, injury or damage caused by its use or otherwise arising in connection with this licence or the Information, even if specifically advised of the possibility of such loss, injury or damage. Resource constraints: Security constraints: Classification: Classification code: unclassified User note: Public/Unrestricted Classification system: Government of Alberta Data and Information Security Classification Handling description: https://imtpolicy.sp.alberta.ca/standards/Pages/Data-and-Information-Security-Classification.aspx Aggregation Info: AggregateInformation: Aggregate Data Set Name: Citation: Title: Forest Health Aerial Survey Manual Date: Date: Date: 2012-10-01 Date type: Date type code: publication Cited responsible party: Responsible party: Organisation name: Environment and Sustainable Resource Development, Government of Alberta Role: Role code: publisher Association Type: Association type code: crossReference Language: Language Code: eng Character set: Character set code: utf8 Topic category: Topic category code: environment Topic category: Topic category code: biota Extent: Extent: Geographic element: Geographic bounding box: West bound longitude: -120.0014 East bound longitude: -110.0048 South bound latitude: 48.9967 North bound latitude: 60.0005
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DISTRIBUTION INFO:

Distribution: Distribution format: Format: Name: File Geodatabase Version: 10.7.1 Specification: FGDB File decompression technique: ZIP Distributor: Distributor: Distributor contact: Responsible party: Organisation name: Alberta Environment and Parks, Government of Alberta Position name: Provincial Geospatial Centre Contact info: Contact: Phone: Telephone: Voice: 7804277374 Facsimile: 7804220712 Address: Address: Delivery point: 14th Floor, Oxbridge Place Delivery point: 9820 - 106 Street NW City: Edmonton Administrative area: Alberta Postal code: T5K 2J6 Country: Country: CA Electronic mail address: AEP.Data@gov.ab.ca Role: Role code: distributor Transfer options: Digital transfer options: Units of distribution: MB Transfer size: 15 Online: Online Resource: Linkage: URL: https://extranet.gov.ab.ca/srd/geodiscover/srd_pub/biota/AerialOverviewSurvey_2011toCurrent.zip Protocol: FTP Name: Aerial Overview Surveys 2011 - Current (FGDB) Description: FGDB containing Aerial Overview Surveys 2011 - Current dataset (ZIP) Function: Online function code: download Transfer options: Digital transfer options: Units of distribution: MB Transfer size: 5 Online: Online Resource: Linkage: URL: https://www1.agric.gov.ab.ca/$Department/deptdocs.nsf/all/formain15619/$file/ForestHealthAerialSurveyManual-Oct2012.pdf Protocol: HTTPS Name: Forest Health Aerial Survey Manual (PDF) Description: PDF document of Forest Health Aerial Survey Manual Function: Online function code: download
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Data quality info:

Data quality: Scope: Scope: Hierarchy level: Scope code: dataset Lineage: Lineage: Statement: Historically, AOS were limited to assessing feeding damage by major defoliating insects (e.g. forest tent caterpillar and spruce budworm). However, over the last decade the scope has broadened to identify damage from a wider variety of agents. Now, AAF maps damage caused by climate/weather (e.g. blowdown, hail, drought stress); agents that having potential for wider-spread impacts (e.g. spruce beetle); and/or, previously innocuous pests becoming more destructive due to changing environmental or host conditions. AOS provide “coarse filter” observations that can trigger further examination of the extent and severity of damage through detailed aerial surveys and/or ground assessments. Survey records are submitted to a National Forestry Database that houses data on the incidence and impacts of pests across Canada.
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Metadata maintenance:

Maintenance information: Maintenance and update frequency: Maintenance frequency code: asNeeded Date of next update: 2024-12-29
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