The Soil Moisture Active Passive (SMAP) observatory has been in space for nearly two years now. With its L-band active and passive sensors, this mission has been designed to provide accurate and frequent global measurements of soil moisture and of the soil freeze/thaw state. Under the leadership of Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC) and with support from the Canadian Space Agency (CSA), the "Canadian Science and Applications Plan for SMAP" has resulted in the involvement and collaboration between several scientists from Canada's government and academia.
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Objective 1: Identify Criteria and Constraints Necessary for Suitable Habitat for Burrowing Owls
Using relevant literature, the habitat requirements of the WBO were identified. Each criteria and constraint will be outlined in further detail below. The data used for each factor is listed in Table 1 of the appendix.
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In this section, the four objectives regarding the identification of WBO conservation sites in southern Saskatchewan will be examined and the achievement of these objectives will be discussed. In order to design and apply a GIS model, the criteria and constraints regarding conservation site selection were determined. Next, a GIS model was selected and an outline of how it was applied will be presented. Finally, this section will discuss the evaluation of the applied GIS model based on its strengths, limitations, errors, and results.
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The study area under examination is the WBO's historic range in Southern Saskatchewan (Figure 2). This area extends southward to 49°N and can be categorized by prairie, urban areas, and agricultural lands (Anderson, 2006; Government of Saskatchewan, 2014; Ward, 2014). The south-western corner of Saskatchewan, where a majority of the Saskatchewan range of the WBO is located, is a plains region with undulating slopes (Ward, 2014). The range consists of mid-grass and short-grass prairie (Ward, 2014).
Samantha Feist graduated in June 2015 with an Honours Bachelor of Science in Physical Science with a Chemistry minor from Guelph. Having started her undergraduate degree as a chemistry student, she did not realize her love for Geography and Earth Science until her second year.