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Canadian Geospatial Briefing November 7th, 2022

  1. Regina’s crime map
  2. Coastal flooding can be predicted in advance using the NSCC’s online map.
  3. New satellite imagery encourages the conservation effort for right whales.
  4. Interprovincial migration of Canadians during a pandemic is shown visually.


Regina’s Crime Map

The most anticipated interactive online crime map has been finally launched by Regina Police Service. According to the RPS, the goal of this map is to increase clarity around crime in the city and keep people posted about what is taking place in their community.

With a time delay of just 24 hours from when the crime is reported to when it is pinned up on the site, people will have the ability to read and locate the type of crime taking place in their community.


A screenshot of the new crime map published by the Regina Police Service.


The map shows the estimated area where a crime has occurred. You can filter the information according to the ward, subdivision, and type of crime. The map has a time span of 14, 30, 60, or 90 days. Read More


Coastal flooding can be predicted in advance using NSCC’s online map

group of researchers from Nova Scotia Community College used an online mapping tool to project coastal flooding and the effect the storm will have on various localities. Although tropical cyclone Fiona destroyed many parts of the province, most of their predictions proved to be eye-openers.


With an estimated 0.8-meter wave run-up, the total water level was projected to be 2.9 meters. This projection has been placed over a photo taken after the storm to compare the water level to the wrack line, or line of debris left by the ocean. (NSCC Applied Geomatics Research Group)


This tool makes use of Environment Canada’s storm forecast data to determine how it will affect the coast.

Additionally, it makes an accurate determination of which buildings are susceptible by taking into consideration factors like elevation and tide. Hence, this has given the scientists a clear-cut idea with respect to the vulnerabilities there. Read More


New satellite imagery encourages the conservation effort for right whale

A new study by the University of Ottawa using satellite imagery allowed for the first finding of the North Atlantic right whale. The most recent satellite imagery, which has a spatial resolution of 15 cm, has been used to find this endangered species.


Identifying “Right Whale” via an aerial photograph compared to a satellite image.


This will help reduce the whale mortality rate by monitoring its location and detection. By pointing out certain markings, the imagery makes it easier to distinguish this particular type of whale from others. Read More


Interprovincial migration of Canadians during a pandemic shown visually

The number of people who relocated to another province between 2020 and 2021 depicted in Statistics Canada’s most recent data release is extremely intriguing. In quest of more affordable accommodation, over 23,000 people from Ontario moved to the Maritime Province and 21,000 to British Columbia in the west.


Statistics Canada


It seems that the movement is not just due to the availability of affordable homes. Vancouver, which tops the list of cities with the priciest housing, saw net gain in population of approximately 38,000 people. Read More