Framework for assessing environmental threats to marine endangered species and creating shipping management scenarios

Marine species are threatened by a growing number of human activities occurring in our seas and oceans. Understanding the consequences of pollution, for instance, requires combining information relative to the distribution of pollutants in marine environments with information relative to the spatial distribution of marine species. Our project aims at creating a framework for the assessment of marine species exposure to pollutants such as noise, light and toxic chemical compounds. The project consists of two phases: framework design and testing.

High-Quality Urban Representation/iCity: Urban Informatics for Sustainable Metropolitan Growth

The intention of this collaborative research effort is to create an accurate digital 3D model of the City of Toronto waterfront that can be used by city planners to visualize factors relevant to the city when making high-level decisions regarding infrastructure and policy. This project is a collaboration between OCAD University and Esri Canada Limited, a software company that specializes in geographical information systems (GIS). EC has offered the use of their proprietary software CityEngine, which optimizes the process of creating realistic 3D city and geographical models.

Development of an historical GIS for the Montreal area using Esri’s ArcGIS software

The year 2017 marks the 375th anniversary of the foundation of the city of Montreal. The Laboratory of Remote Sensing, Department of Geography, Montreal University, and Esri Canada want to take part in the celebrations by offering to the Montreal community an interactive tool illustrating the historical evolution of the city of Montreal. To develop such a tool the establishment of an historical GIS is needed.

Using CityEngine for Parameterized 3D Modeling of Regional Growth Scenarios

In 2006, the Government of Ontario introduced “Places to Grow: Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe” to control urban sprawl, protect farmland and green spaces, create complete communities and revitalize downtowns and urban centres. Key specifications include minimum intensification targets, such as requiring 40% of new residential development to occur in existing built-up areas. A recently published report by Allen and Campsie (2013) found that many municipalities across the Toronto region are not planning to adhere to the mandated intensifications targets.

Uncertain Futures: Quality Assurance for Volunteered Geographic Information

This project is focused on exploring volunteered geographic information (VGI), a special classification of widely available and pervasive data, which is commonly afflicted by issues degrading its overall quality. These issues make the applicability of VGI for a variety of projects in government, private, and scientific sectors questionable. We hope to design and implement several software programs that will be easily adoptable to current and future research programs in alleviating these concerns. Using VGI, we will identify and diminish uncertainty in commonly used datasets and sources.