Abstract: In 2014, the Alberta Energy Regulator (AER) initiated a Play-Based Regulation (PBR) pilot project as a step towards implementation of the Unconventional Regulatory Framework. One of the goals of the PBR pilot is to encourage companies in the unconventional play area to work together on plans for surface development to minimize the numbers of facilities and surface impacts. This dataset is one of a series created using earth observation imagery to assess surface change caused by energy exploration. The PBR area extends from Twp. 52, Rge. 7, W 5th Mer. to Twp. 70, Rge. 5, W 6th Mer., covering the towns of Edson, Fox Creek, Mayerthorpe, Whitecourt, Swan Hills, and Valleyview. Landsat multispectral imagery for 2007 and 2008 and land use and land cover classification data derived from 2008 were used to produce this dataset. The land use and land cover changes include vegetation loss from anthropogenic disturbances, such as infrastructure related to oil and gas exploration, forestry and agriculture, and vegetation recovery from these disturbances. This digital data release contains the vegetation loss data, classified into 9 classes: 1 - exposed land/cut blocks/harvested areas, 3 - transitional bare surfaces, 4 - mixed developed areas, 5 - developed areas, 6 - shoal, 7 - shrub land, 8 - grassland and 9 - agricultural areas. These categories can be used as baseline data for planning, managing and monitoring surface infrastructure needs and impacts.
Metadata: 
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      DIG_2015_0052.xml
  Language: 
      eng; CAN
  Character set: 
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      utf8
  Hierarchy level: 
    Scope code: 
      dataset
  Metadata author: 
    Responsible party: 
      Organisation name: 
          Alberta Geological Survey
      Position name: 
          AGS Information Manager
      Contact info: 
        Contact: 
          Phone: 
            Telephone: 
              Voice: 
                  (780) 638-4491
              Facsimile: 
                  (780) 422-1918
          Address: 
            Address: 
              Delivery point: 
                  Alberta Energy Regulator
              Delivery point: 
                  4th Floor, Twin Atria Building
              Delivery point: 
                  4999-98 Avenue NW
              City: 
                  Edmonton
              Administrative area: 
                  Alberta
              Postal code: 
                  T6B 2X3
              Country: 
                  Canada
              Electronic mail address: 
                  AGS-Info@aer.ca
          Hours of service: 
              8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
      Role: 
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          pointOfContact
  Date stamp: 

      2016-03-29
  Metadata standard name: 
      North American Profile of ISO 19115:2003 - Geographic information - Metadata (NAP-Metadata)
  Metadata standard version: 
      ISO 19115-1.1
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Spatial representation info:

Grid spatial representation: Number of dimensions: Cell geometry: Cell geometry code: area Transformation parameter availability: unknown
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Reference system info:

Reference system:
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Reference system info:

xlink: https://www.ngdc.noaa.gov/docucomp/65f8b220-95ed-11e0-aa80-0800200c9a66 title: North American Datum 1983
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Reference system info:

xlink: https://www.ngdc.noaa.gov/docucomp/c3895520-95ed-11e0-aa80-0800200c9a66 title: Geodetic Reference System 1980
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Identification info:

Data identification: Citation: Citation: Title: Annual Land Disturbance Classification Results of the Play-Based Regulation Pilot Study Area Derived from 2007-2008 Landsat Imagery (Image data, Tiff format) Date: Date: Date: 2015-01-01 Date type: Date type code: publication Cited responsible party: Responsible party: Organisation name: Alberta Energy Regulator Role: Role code: originator Cited responsible party: Responsible party: Organisation name: Alberta Geological Survey Role: Role code: originator Cited responsible party: Responsible party: Organisation name: Chao, D.K. Role: Role code: originator Cited responsible party: Responsible party: Organisation name: Chowdhury, S. Role: Role code: originator Cited responsible party: Responsible party: Organisation name: Alberta Geological Survey Contact info: Contact: Address: Address: City: Edmonton Administrative area: Alberta, Canada Role: Role code: publisher Presentation form: Presentation form code: mapDigital Series: Series: Name: Digital Data Issue identification: DIG 2015-0052 Other citation details: Natural Resources Canada (NRCan)/ Canadian Forest Service (CFS) and University of Maryland Abstract: In 2014, the Alberta Energy Regulator (AER) initiated a Play-Based Regulation (PBR) pilot project as a step towards implementation of the Unconventional Regulatory Framework. One of the goals of the PBR pilot is to encourage companies in the unconventional play area to work together on plans for surface development to minimize the numbers of facilities and surface impacts. This dataset is one of a series created using earth observation imagery to assess surface change caused by energy exploration. The PBR area extends from Twp. 52, Rge. 7, W 5th Mer. to Twp. 70, Rge. 5, W 6th Mer., covering the towns of Edson, Fox Creek, Mayerthorpe, Whitecourt, Swan Hills, and Valleyview. Landsat multispectral imagery for 2007 and 2008 and land use and land cover classification data derived from 2008 were used to produce this dataset. The land use and land cover changes include vegetation loss from anthropogenic disturbances, such as infrastructure related to oil and gas exploration, forestry and agriculture, and vegetation recovery from these disturbances. This digital data release contains the vegetation loss data, classified into 9 classes: 1 - exposed land/cut blocks/harvested areas, 3 - transitional bare surfaces, 4 - mixed developed areas, 5 - developed areas, 6 - shoal, 7 - shrub land, 8 - grassland and 9 - agricultural areas. These categories can be used as baseline data for planning, managing and monitoring surface infrastructure needs and impacts. Purpose: To document land disturbance changes between 2007 and 2008 to assist oil and gas regulatory tasks in the PBR pilot project area. Status: Progress code: completed Point of contact: Responsible party: Organisation name: Alberta Geological Survey Position name: AGS Information Manager Contact info: Contact: Phone: Telephone: Voice: (780) 638-4491 Facsimile: (780) 422-1918 Address: Address: Delivery point: Alberta Energy Regulator Delivery point: 4th Floor, Twin Atria Building Delivery point: 4999-98 Avenue NW City: Edmonton Administrative area: Alberta Postal code: T6B 2X3 Country: Canada Electronic mail address: AGS-Info@aer.ca Hours of service: 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Role: Role code: pointOfContact Resource maintenance: Maintenance information: Maintenance and update frequency: Maintenance frequency code: asNeeded Descriptive keywords: Keywords: Keyword: change detection Keyword: in situ Keyword: land use Keyword: landsat 7 Keyword: remote sensing Keyword: shale gas Keyword: vegetation Keyword: wells Type: Keyword type code: theme Thesaurus name: Citation: Title: none Date: unknown Descriptive keywords: Keywords: Keyword: 83e Keyword: 83f Keyword: 83g Keyword: 83j Keyword: 83k Keyword: 83l Keyword: 83m Keyword: 83n Keyword: 83o Keyword: alberta Keyword: canada Type: Keyword type code: place Thesaurus name: Citation: Title: none Date: unknown Resource constraints: Legal constraints: Access constraints: Restriction code: otherRestrictions Use constraints: Restriction code: otherRestrictions Other constraints: Access Constraints: Public Use Constraints: Acknowledgement of the Alberta Energy Regulator/Alberta Geological Survey as the originator/source of this information is required as described in the Open Government License - Alberta. Distribution Liability: The Alberta Energy Regulator/Alberta Geological Survey (AER/AGS) licenses this information under the Open Government License - Alberta. Any references to proprietary software in our documentation, and/or any use of proprietary data formats in our releases, do not constitute endorsement by the AER/AGS of any manufacturer's product. Aggregation Info: AggregateInformation: Aggregate Data Set Name: Citation: Title: Land-use/Land-cover Classifications of the Play-Based Regulation Pilot Study Area Derived from 2007 Landsat Imagery (Image data, Tiff format) Date: Date: Date: 2015-01-01 Date type: Date type code: publication Cited responsible party: Responsible party: Organisation name: Alberta Energy Regulator Role: Role code: originator Cited responsible party: Responsible party: Organisation name: Alberta Geological Survey Role: Role code: originator Cited responsible party: Responsible party: Organisation name: Chao, D.K. Role: Role code: originator Cited responsible party: Responsible party: Organisation name: Chowdhury, S. Role: Role code: originator Cited responsible party: Responsible party: Organisation name: Alberta Geological Survey Contact info: Contact: Address: Address: City: Edmonton Administrative area: Alberta, Canada Online Resource: Online Resource: Linkage: URL: http://ags.aer.ca/ Role: Role code: publisher Presentation form: Presentation form code: mapDigital Series: Series: Name: Digital Data Issue identification: DIG 2015-0037 Other citation details: Association Type: Association type code: crossReference Aggregation Info: AggregateInformation: Aggregate Data Set Name: Citation: Title: Annual Vegetation Recovery Classification Results of the Play-Based Regulation Pilot Study Area Derived from 2007-2008 Landsat imagery (Image data, Tiff format) Date: Date: Date: 2015-01-01 Date type: Date type code: publication Cited responsible party: Responsible party: Organisation name: Alberta Energy Regulator Role: Role code: originator Cited responsible party: Responsible party: Organisation name: Alberta Geological Survey Role: Role code: originator Cited responsible party: Responsible party: Organisation name: Chao, D.K. Role: Role code: originator Cited responsible party: Responsible party: Organisation name: Chowdhury, S. Role: Role code: originator Cited responsible party: Responsible party: Organisation name: Alberta Geological Survey Contact info: Contact: Address: Address: City: Edmonton Administrative area: Alberta, Canada Online Resource: Online Resource: Linkage: URL: http://ags.aer.ca/ Role: Role code: publisher Presentation form: Presentation form code: mapDigital Series: Series: Name: Digital Data Issue identification: DIG 2015-0045 Other citation details: Association Type: Association type code: crossReference Aggregation Info: AggregateInformation: Aggregate Data Set Name: Citation: Title: Quality Evaluation Dataset of the Play-Based Regulation Pilot Study Area Derived from 2007 Landsat Imagery (Image data, Tiff format) Date: Date: Date: 2015-01-01 Date type: Date type code: publication Cited responsible party: Responsible party: Organisation name: Alberta Energy Regulator Role: Role code: originator Cited responsible party: Responsible party: Organisation name: Alberta Geological Survey Role: Role code: originator Cited responsible party: Responsible party: Organisation name: Chao, D.K. Role: Role code: originator Cited responsible party: Responsible party: Organisation name: Chowdhury, S. Role: Role code: originator Cited responsible party: Responsible party: Organisation name: Alberta Geological Survey Contact info: Contact: Address: Address: City: Edmonton Administrative area: Alberta, Canada Online Resource: Online Resource: Linkage: URL: http://ags.aer.ca/ Role: Role code: publisher Presentation form: Presentation form code: mapDigital Series: Series: Name: Digital Data Issue identification: DIG 2015-0059 Other citation details: Natural Resources Canada (NRCan)/ Canadian Forest Service (CFS) and University of Maryland Association Type: Association type code: crossReference Spatial representation type: Spatial representation type code: grid Language: eng; CAN Topic category: Topic category code: geoscientificInformation Extent: Extent: Geographic element: Geographic bounding box: West bound longitude: -120 East bound longitude: -114 South bound latitude: 53 North bound latitude: 56 Temporal element: Temporal extent: Extent: Time period: Description: ground condition Begin date: 2007-01-01 End date: 2008-01-01 Supplemental Information: Language: In English;
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Content info:

Feature catalogue description: Included with dataset: false Feature catalogue citation: Citation: Title: Entity and Attribute Information Date: Other citation details: Detailed Entity and Attribute information is provided with the dataset, formatted as Federal Geographic Data Committee (FGDC) Content Standard for Digital Geospatial Metadata.
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DISTRIBUTION INFO:

Distribution: Distributor: Distributor: Distributor contact: Responsible party: Organisation name: Alberta Geological Survey Position name: AGS Information Manager Contact info: Contact: Phone: Telephone: Voice: (780) 638-4491 Facsimile: (780) 422-1918 Address: Address: Delivery point: Alberta Energy Regulator Delivery point: 4th Floor, Twin Atria Building Delivery point: 4999-98 Avenue NW City: Edmonton Administrative area: Alberta Postal code: T6B 2X3 Country: Canada Electronic mail address: AGS-Info@aer.ca Hours of service: 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Role: Role code: distributor Transfer options: Digital transfer options: Online: Online Resource: Linkage: URL: https://static.ags.aer.ca/files/document/DIG/DIG_2015_0052.zip Name: TIFF
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Data quality info:

Data quality: Scope: Scope: Hierarchy level: Scope code: dataset Report: Completeness commission: Result: unknown Report: Completeness omission: Evaluation method description: All pixels in the draft pre-release Landsat Best Available Pixel (BAP) composite were used for image analysis. Every pixel in the raster grid is classified to a certain class, except for the pixels with the presence of sensor noise or thick cloud. Pixels with sensor noise or thick cloud and pixels outside the study area were assigned ‘0’ value. Result: unknown Report: Conceptual consistency: Measure description: The datasets are in GeoTiff format that have no null values. Result: unknown Lineage: Lineage: Statement: All pixels in the draft pre-release Landsat Best Available Pixel (BAP) composite were used for image analysis. Every pixel in the raster grid is classified to a certain class, except for the pixels with the presence of sensor noise or thick cloud. Pixels with sensor noise or thick cloud and pixels outside the study area were assigned ‘0’ value. Process step: Process step: Description: Process steps performed in ENVI 5.1 to produce this land disturbance classification dataset:
                  1.	Pre-release versions of annual Landsat Best Available Pixel Composite (LBAPC) datasets (1984 to 2012) were obtained from the Natural Resources Canada/Pacific Forestry Centre for testing purposes. Of these, the 2007 and 2008 LBAPC datasets were used to produce this land disturbance result.
                  2.	Normalized Difference Built-up Index (NDBI) datasets were produced from the 2007 and 2008 LBAPC datasets.
                  3.	The simple difference based change detection method was applied to the 2007 and 2008 NDBI results using 2007 as the initial state and 2008 as the final state. The change detection result contains classes ranked from 0 to 21, where lower numbers indicate a strong negative change and higher numbers indicate a strong positive change. Intermediate values indicate little to no change.
                  4.	The net land disturbance result was derived from positive changes by manually setting the threshold for those pixels in the 14 to 21 range to 1. This threshold was selected to eliminate false positive changes associated with cloud, haze, cloud shadow, and noise.
Date and time: 2015-01-01T00:00:00 Process step: Process step: Description: Updated coordinate reference system datum to corporate standard, NAD83. Date and time: 2016-01-01T00:00:00 Source: Source: Description: Source Contribution: Land disturbance classes for classification.online Scale: Representative fraction: Denominator: 0 Source citation: Citation: Title: Land-use/Land-cover Classifications of the Play-Based Regulation Pilot Study Area Derived from 2008 Landsat Imagery (Image data, Tiff format) Alternate title: WARNING - not available Date: Date: Date: 2015-01-01 Date type: Date type code: publication Edition: Cited responsible party: Responsible party: Organisation name: Alberta Energy Regulator Role: Role code: resourceProvider Cited responsible party: Responsible party: Organisation name: Alberta Geological Survey Role: Role code: resourceProvider Cited responsible party: Responsible party: Organisation name: Chao, D.K. Role: Role code: resourceProvider Cited responsible party: Responsible party: Organisation name: Chowdhury, S. Role: Role code: resourceProvider Presentation form: Presentation form code: mapDigital Series: Series: Name: Digital Data Issue identification: DIG 2015-0038 Other citation details: Source extent: Extent: Temporal element: Temporal extent: Extent: Time instant: Description: ground condition Time position: 2008-01-01
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Metadata constraints:

Legal constraints: Access constraints: Restriction code: otherRestrictions Use constraints: Restriction code: otherRestrictions Other constraints: Metadata Access Constraints: none Metadata Use Constraints: none
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Metadata maintenance:

Maintenance information: Maintenance and update frequency: unknown Maintenance note: This metadata was automatically generated from the FGDC Content Standard for Digital Geospatial Metadatastandard version FGDC-STD-001-1998 using the January 2013 version of the FGDC CSDGM to ISO 19115-2 transform. Metadata author: Responsible party: Organisation name: Alberta Geological Survey Position name: AGS Information Manager Contact info: Contact: Phone: Telephone: Voice: (780) 638-4491 Facsimile: (780) 422-1918 Address: Address: Delivery point: Alberta Energy Regulator Delivery point: 4th Floor, Twin Atria Building Delivery point: 4999-98 Avenue NW City: Edmonton Administrative area: Alberta Postal code: T6B 2X3 Country: Canada Electronic mail address: AGS-Info@aer.ca Hours of service: 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Role: Role code: custodian
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