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Urban Sci. 2017, 1(2), 20; doi:10.3390/urbansci1020020

Integrated Use of Aerial Photographs and LiDAR Images for Landslide and Soil Erosion Analysis: A Case Study of Wakamow Valley, Moose Jaw, Canada

Department of Geomatic and Surveying Engineering Technology, Saskatchewan Polytechnic, Moose Jaw Campus, Moose Jaw, SK S6H 4R4, Canada
College of Medicine, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, SK S7N 2Z4, Canada
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Received: 12 May 2017 / Revised: 9 June 2017 / Accepted: 14 June 2017 / Published: 17 June 2017
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Urban parks and open spaces offer a unique setting that can play a vital role in improving health and quality of life in cities and towns, making cities more attractive places to live and work, and connecting residents to nature. Degradation of park facilities caused by natural processes or recreational activities requires continuous monitoring for efficient maintenance and management. Identification and continuous monitoring of areas prone to natural hazards such as landslides within an urban park are particularly important for public safety. Traditional techniques for identification and monitoring of such areas involving field surveys, being costly and time-consuming, cannot be used on a regular basis. This research explored the integrated use of aerial photographs and point cloud LiDAR data for identification of areas prone to landslide and soil erosion zones in an urban park and a conservation area known as Wakamow Valley, Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, Canada. This study used the point cloud LiDAR of 2014 to develop a Digital Elevation Model (DEM) of the area. The accuracy of the DEM was validated through a series of well-distributed ground control points collected through a survey grade handheld GPS device. The areas prone to potential landslides and soil erosion were identified using slope analysis techniques. A typical criterion of areas having a slope greater than 35° was used for classification of potential hazardous zones. Geospatial information including land-cover, land-use, and trail system was extracted from a 2014 aerial photograph to create a base map. It has been estimated that 5.3 km along the banks of the Moose Jaw River and 8 km along the cliff of the canyon-shaped Wakamow Valley are under a possible threat of soil erosion and landslides. This portion of the valley was classified as high-risk for possible landslides and soil erosion. View Full-Text
Keywords: soil erosion; landslide; LiDAR; remote sensing; Saskatchewan; urban park soil erosion; landslide; LiDAR; remote sensing; Saskatchewan; urban park

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Raouf, A.; Peng, Y.; Shah, T.I. Integrated Use of Aerial Photographs and LiDAR Images for Landslide and Soil Erosion Analysis: A Case Study of Wakamow Valley, Moose Jaw, Canada. Urban Sci. 2017, 1, 20.

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