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Canadian Geospatial Digest October 30, 2023

  1. Canada’s Geomatics Expo Surpasses Expectations
  2. Wildfires in Canada
  3. SON map project to show connections to land, water
  4. The World in French? There’s a basemap for that.
  5. Canada to invest $739m in RADARSAT+

Canada’s Geomatics Expo Surpasses Expectations

The GoGeomatics Expo in Calgary is just one week away. To learn more about what to expect from this event, check out here.

Canada's Geomatics Expo Surpasses Expectations

Wildfires in Canada

We brought you recent geospatial stories on wildfires that hugely impact Canada, from West to East, this summer.

SON map project to show connections to land, water

Saugeen Ojibway Nation people participated in the land use and occupancy mapping project interviews from Oct.21 to Oct.29 to show how the nation used territorial lands and their connection to the land and water.

This project outcome will be a series of maps as a tool in the decision-making process to protect the SON Territory from current or future development consequences. These maps will be useful in future consultations, debates, and processes to make agreements as well as courts.  Read more here

Saugeen Ojibway Nation traditional territory. (SON map) ORG XMIT: POS1904241626206139 SunMedia

The World in French? There’s a basemap for that.

Francophone GIS users used to change the place name language in the ArcGIS Vector Tile Style Editor to create and work on their version of the World Topographic basemap. But this modified basemap can not be hosted in the basemap gallery or the ArcGIS Living Atlas of the World. Also, no data from the Community Map of Canada is included in this basemap.

Now, the Community Map of Canada team is working on a collaborative project with Esri France to present Community Map of Canada data including Canada and global French-labelled place names, incorporating them into one cohesive basemap. Read more here.

An extent of the Carte communautaire du Canada : le monde en français web map showing French-language place names and features. Source:Esri 

Canada to invest $739m in RADARSAT+

The Canadian Space Agency will invest CAD1.012 billion over 15 years in RADARSAT+. The CSA stated that this new initiative will collect data about Earth’s oceans, land, climate, and populated areas. The gathered information will help scientists observe the changes on our planet and make decisions to cope with disasters like wildfires or address long-term problems like climate change. Read more here and here.

RADARSAT+ forms part of Canada’s Strategy for Satellite Earth Observation and aims to help us unlock the full potential of satellite Earth observation. Now more than ever, we’re taking visionary steps to leverage space and maximize benefits for Canadians.
François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry, Canada, said.

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