The following table depicts the information needed to complete the project. An overlay analysis of layers created from the following data sources will help determine high risk areas which require the most attention for habitat protection and restoration.
Table 1: Data sources, layers, and additional information
The Port Mann and Highway 1 improvements are essential to the overall efficiency of transportation of goods and people within the lower mainland region. Due to increased congestion, the addition of a wider Port Mann bridge and increased lanes within Highway 1 from Hastings Street to Langley is essential to the area. However, as with any improvements to human infrastructure, an environmental assessment is required (Giuliano,1985).
This report will focus on the effects on wildlife and land loss type (wetland, forest and agriculture) impacted by the expansion. Using a multi-criteria analysis of the high volume area to identify high risk areas. From the results, residual effects and effective remediation techniques can be concluded to decrease risks to wildlife. The objectives below provide a framework for the process of this project.
Objective 1: Identify factors affected by the expansion of Highway 1/Port Mann Bridge
Objective 2: Develop a conceptual GIS model using a multi criteria evaluation (MCE)
Objective 3: Apply the model to identify high risk areas
Objective 4: Evaluate the strengths and limitations of the analysis