Recent study in Southern Alberta shows loss of grasslands across the landscape, with implications for fire risk and fire history

Recent study in Southern Alberta shows loss of grasslands across the landscape, with implications for fire risk and fire history

A recent study led by Landscapes in Motion collaborator Dr. Chris Stockdale shows that since the early 1900s, 25% of grasslands have been lost in a large area of Alberta’s Southern Rocky Mountains. Our blog team sat down with Dr. Stockdale to discuss the implications of these findings, the exciting opportunities of oblique photography, and the connections between this research and the Landscapes in Motion project. Dr. Stockdale is currently a Fire Research Scientist with the Canadian Forest Service.

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Bringing oblique photography and wildfire research together using viewsheds

Bringing oblique photography and wildfire research together using viewsheds

What are viewsheds, and why use them? With the Landscapes in Motion teams now analyzing data and sharing the results, our teams are starting to explore new ways of collaborating and combining datasets. Here we share some insights on the process from a collaborator with the Oblique Photography Team, Mountain Legacy Project researcher James Tricker.

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Placing oblique photos on the map

Placing oblique photos on the map

The Landscapes in Motion Oblique Photo Team has the daunting task of scaling mountains to repeat photographs taken up to a century ago by land surveyors. In previous posts we’ve described how these intrepid researchers locate sites, line up their photos, and what it’s like working in the field. With the summer fieldwork over, we now get to learn how they are harnessing technology to analyze landscapes in these repeat photographs and collect data from them.

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Field Notes: Stepping off the beaten path with the Oblique Photography Team

Field Notes: Stepping off the beaten path with the Oblique Photography Team

The Repeat Photography Field Crew has been hard at work scaling mountains to capture repeat photographs of images taken a century ago. They’ve checked in to let us know how things are going so far… and it sounds pretty spectacular.

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Meet the Oblique Photography Field Crew!

Meet the Oblique Photography Field Crew!

Summer is here, and that means the Landscapes in Motion field crews are hitting the road to begin the data collection process in Alberta’s southern Rockies. Sonia Voicescu and Karson Sudlow will be capturing repeat photographs with Julie Fortin of the Oblique Photography Team and Mountain Legacy Project over the next few months, and they can’t wait to reach that first mountain peak.

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What’s up with the piles of rocks on mountaintops?

What’s up with the piles of rocks on mountaintops?

As the Oblique Photography team prepares to head out into the field, they are training new field staff how to find the locations where land surveyors once stood to photograph the landscape. Sometimes it’s a bit more complicated (see our last blog post!), but sometimes there is a nice, friendly marker left behind by surveyors of the past…

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Repeat Photography in the Field - How does the Oblique Photography team get those photos lined up?

Repeat Photography in the Field - How does the Oblique Photography team get those photos lined up?

If someone gave you a 100-year-old photo of the mountains and asked you to find the exact spot the photographer stood, do you think you could do it? Every summer, members of our Oblique Photography Team and the Mountain Legacy Project prove they are up to the challenge - find out how they do it!

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On Top of the World: Another Summer of Repeat Photography from Mountaintops

On Top of the World: Another Summer of Repeat Photography from Mountaintops

Do you ever wonder what it's like to be a member of the team capturing repeat photographs from remote mountain locations? Julie Fortin looks back to the 2017 field season, complete with hover helicopter exits, the joys and trials of field work, and lasting friendships formed with her teammates.

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