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Method todetermine flooding extent on lands

May 5, 2011 – With the forecasts showing higher than usual spring runoff due to a heavy snow year, we are already starting to see the affects of flooding occur on agricultural lands in southern Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba


May 5, 2011
By Top Crop Manager

May 5, 2011 – With the forecasts showing higher than usual spring runoff due to a heavy snow year, we are already starting to see the affects of flooding occur on agricultural lands in southern Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba. As farmers are planning the 2011 season, knowing the extent of any water damage on their fields can be very useful. Satellite imagery is a tool that can be used as a very real and tangible method of determining where flooding has taken place on the landscape.

One of the key benefits of using a satellite to take pictures of the land, is that the imagery can be quickly acquired as needed, which is very important when using the imagery data for applications such as flood management. The satellite imagery can give perspectives of flooding and flood damage that is much more encompassing when compared to monitoring on a ground level. Using a tool such as satellite imagery, it is then possible to accurately determine where damage has occurred, and also to measure just how much land has been affected.

Using satellite imagery and GIS computer software, it is possible to identify and map flooded areas. Certain components of the GIS can then be used to calculate precise measurements of how much farmable area has been affected. This process was successfully implemented by Iunctus Geomatics in 2010 for farmers, who then used the information products created by Iunctus to see how their land was affected, and how many acres were lost due to the flooding.

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The information provided was then used to implement various excess moisture management techniques, and to aid farmers when applying to various crop insurance programs. This information product was delivered to farmers by Iunctus Geomatics as a hard copy print-map along with digital media.

As new imagery is currently being collected this spring, these services will be offered once again to help farmers deal with any excess moisture on their land. The costs associated with these services are outlined below, if any more information please contact Iunctus Geomatics.

Quarter Sections
$/ Quarter Sections
10 to 50 50.00
51 to 75 45.00
76+ 40.00

For more information, visit www.terraengine.com or contact Iunctus directly at 1-403-381-2800.


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