Department of Geography and Environmental Studies
Centres and Laboratories
Community-Based Environmental Monitoring Network
The Community-Based Environmental Monitoring Network (CBEMN) is an organization that has been initiating and supporting community-based environmental monitoring and management for over a decade. It was founded in 2004 and is run by Dr. Cathy Conrad. The CBEMN increases capacity for environmental stewardship in the Atlantic Provinces by providing support and resources such as equipment loans, and training workshops to environmental stewardship organizations at no cost.
The CBEMN acts as a catalyst and support system for environmental stewardship in the Atlantic region by providing equipment and training to volunteers, student interns, and staff of community organizations. If you or the environmental organization you work for are looking for training on equipment calibration and maintenance, educational or supplemental resources please contact our office!
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The Geo Lab provides access to cartography, GIS, remote sensing, and statistical software for students in the department.
The Intertidal Coastal Sediment Transport (In_CoaST) Research Unit was established in 2008 through the Canadian Foundation for Innovation Leaders Opportunity Fund (CFI-LOF)Additional funds were secured from the Nova Scotia Innovation Trust Fund, Saint Mary's University and industry sponsors.
The purpose of the Unit is to study the ecomorphodynamics of intertidal environments and their response to human activities (e.g. coastal development, tidal power) and climate change. In addition, it will play a key role in training students both at the undergraduate and graduate level.
In_CoaST consists of a comprehensive sedimentological lab including a Multisizer 3 Coulter Counter and a portable field unit to measure and document sediment transport processes. The suite of instruments are able to provide simultaneous measurement and visualization of sediment transport, deposition, erosion and vegetative processes in the coastal intertidal zone. It involves simultaneous measurements of 3D velocity (Acoustic Doppler Velocimeter -ADV and Acoustic Doppler Current Profiler-ADCP), suspended sediment concentration (Optical Backscatterance Sensor - OBS), water level (tide and wave) (pressure transducer), sediment deposition (surface mounted sediment traps), sediment and vegetative characteristics in a variety of configurations extending across the intertidal zone throughout the year. The portable unit is also equipped for remote video monitoring and recording of meteorological data.
For more information on In_CoaST please contact Danika van Proosdij.
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The Maritime Provinces Spatial Analysis Research Centre (MP_SpARC) is a computer-based, cross-discipline unit dedicated to spatial analysis using geomatics technologies. It was opened in 2003 with funding from the Canadian Foundation for Innovation, Nova Scotia Innovation Trust Fund, and various industry sponsors. The purpose of the Centre is to provide the necessary infrastructure and geomatics software to support spatial research within the Maritime Provinces.
Spatial analysis is the study of where and why physical and human phenomena are located on and within the Earth’s surface and how they interact. Technology is revolutionizing the way spatial data are collected, depicted, and analyzed. Even research not traditionally associated with spatial analysis can benefit; sample site locations, imagery, and civic addresses are all examples of data that can be leveraged for spatial analysis. The MP_SpARC provides a variety of tools to work with these data.
Researchers (including graduate students) have access to high powered work-stations loaded with specialized Geographic Information Systems (GIS), Computer Aided Drawing and Design (CADD), remote sensing, graphic design, seismic interpretation, and statistical software. A full set of data collection equipment is available for field work, including differential Global Position System (GPS) receivers, total station, electronic distance meter, Munsell colorimeter, and electromagnetic terrain conductivity equipment. Colour laser printer, large-format colour plotter, and over-sized digitizing table complete the Centre’s collection of in-lab hardware. Use of the Centre also includes the support of a full-time lab technician for assistance and training.
Physical Geography Lab
The Physical Geography lab is a space available for teaching and research activity in physical geography, such as sediment size analysis, water quality analysis, and topographic surveying. Equipment in the lab may be signed out and used independently by students for research; for example, by students collecting data for their Honours Research Projects.