Applied Geomatics Research Group (AGRG)

Nova Scotia Community College, Middleton, Nova Scotia
Area(s) of Expertise

AGRG’s researchers utilize various sophisticated remote-sensing equipment, including both airborne and ground-based lidar (laser imaging, detection and ranging) devices, to investigate research questions in a wide range of sectors. Additionally, with more than 75 weather stations recording atmospheric conditions, AGRG has an extensive data collection available for research endeavours. The application of geomatics technologies is of strategic importance in mitigating risk when people or infrastructure are threatened with extreme weather conditions, such as floods and hurricanes. Improved mapping of coastal zones also assists commercial fishery and aquaculture operations. The alternative-energy sector has applied these technologies to investigate preferred locations for solar, wind and tidal equipment, important considerations to ensure maximum returns. Commercially viable agricultural crops are of particular importance to rural communities, and AGRG’s ability to monitor and assess preferred microclimates leads to better planning and management in this industry. These are just a few examples of the types of geomatics applications that can be adopted in our dynamic environment to improve viability and ensure sustainability. AGRG’s expertise continues to be a leading force in this field, and AGRG is currently investigating innovative methods of bathymetric lidar data collection in nearshore coastal areas.  

What the facility does

Geomatics applications of remote sensing (lidar) and meteorological monitoring technologies

Research Services

Elevation acquisition and modelling, flood-risk modelling of coastal and river environments Image interpretation and analysis, weather station data collection and interpretation for predictive purposes, GIS modelling and web applications, hydrodynamic modelling.

Sectors of Application
  • Agriculture, animal science and food
  • Defense and security industries
  • Energy (renewable and fossil)
  • Environmental technologies and related services
  • Fisheries and aquaculture
  • Forestry and forest-based industries
  • Ocean industries
  • Utilities

Name of specialized lab

Name of equipment

Description of function

Applied Geomatics Research Group

Ground-based and topo-bathymetric lidar

Terrain and seabed mapping


Weather stations

Atmospheric measurements


Ilris ground-based lidar

Vertical surfaces mapping (erosion)

  • Acadian Seaplants Limited
  • Leading Edge Geomatics
  • GeoNet Technologies Inc.
  • Nova Scotia Power
  • McGregor GeoScience Limited
  • Scotia Weather Services
  • Golder Associates
  • Minas Basin Pulp & Paper
  • Fundy Ocean Research Center for Energy
  • Halifax Regional Municipality
  • Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency
  • Innovacorp
  • Nova Scotia Economic and Rural Development and Tourism
  • Nova Scotia Natural Resources
  • Nova Scotia Environment
  • Parks Canada
  • Natural Resources Canada
  • Environment Canada
  • Dalhousie University
  • Memorial University
  • Acadia University