Biophysical Mapping Study: South Calgary Urban/Rural Fringe

Client City of Calgary Land Use Planning + Policy
Location Calgary | Alberta | Canada
Status Completed

O2 was retained by The City of Calgary Land Use Planning and Policy to conduct a biophysical study of south Calgary’s urban/rural fringe. The purpose of the study was to help inform long-range future planning and intermunicipal planning and coordination. O2 conducted high-resolution land cover mapping and a range of biophysical mapping and modelling exercises for the 102 km2 study area., which contains the Bow River Valley System, Pine Creek, and a variety of wetland, shrub, and forest ecosystems interspersed with agricultural and urban land uses. 

The scope of work included:

Digitizing and mapping land cover for the study area (102 km2), including ground truthing

Modelling and analyzing key landscape ecological characteristics, including natural patch sizes, landscape connectivity, and hydrologic functions

Mapping and analyzing soil types, major landforms, and related development constraints

Overlaying and combining GIS data to identify the boundaries of Environmentally Significant Areas (ESAs)